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    Civil War Letter by a Baltimore Unionist Resident. Written only two weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg. Eight pages, 5" x 8", July 17, 1863, Baltimore, to "Cousins". The letter, which comes with the transmittal envelope, is signed, though the signature is indiscernible. The letter contains information about the influx of soldiers into Baltimore "on their way to the 'Hospitals'." In part: "The news from the Army seems to be coming in all right now. 'Vicksburg' and 'Port Hudson' having surrendered, and I hope that 'Charleston' will soon be added to the list. . . . What a shame that 'Lee' gave us the slip. I hope he will be caught yet, but fear he will not, for he is a Sharp General. The poor wounded fellows from Gettysburg still continue to 'come in'. I was on duty all Tuesday night until 5 oclock on Wed. [?] at a house in the lower part of the City which our 'Union Relief [?]' has recently taken for the purpose of feeding and taking care of the soldiers, as they pan through our City on their way to the 'Hospitals' here and Phila. They have been coming pretty fast, for over a week. . . . The women . . . went to work and washed and dressed their wounds, put on clean shirts, new shoes & made the poor fellows feel like new men, having had not had their wounds dressed for several days and all were very dirty of course. . . . They have worked wonderfully hard for the last week in dressing the wounded, making coffee, tea, preparing sandwiches & all seem anxious to do something." The author writes that "Charles", possibly another relative, is "waiting to be 'drafted'. Can't he get command of a 'darkey' regiment? ha ha." Writing about the New York draft riots of mid-July 1863: "What terrible times they have had in N.Y. I wish Lincoln would hang [Governor Horatio] Seymour & [?] and all the rest of the 'Copperhead' crew." Fine condition.

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