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    Civil War Soldier's Incomplete Letter. Eight pages, 8" x 10", n.d., n.p. This engaging letter written by a Union soldier is full of military action that takes place near the Civil War's end. The top half of page one has separated at a fold and is missing. Toned on blue-lined paper, some pages contain ink stains. Page two/three has a .5" x .5" piece missing near an upper corner. Still, near fine with great content; worthy of further research.

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    In this letter, an unknown Union soldier writes to an unknown recipient about the clashes he and his company had with the Rebels: "we advanced very cautiously, flanking along to prevent being taken by surprise, nothing happened to warn us of being near the enemy till about 5 oc PM when the Co. in advance which was near our co. camp at Cross Saves was fired upon by the Pickets of the Rebels & three men were shot. . . . Co. K was in advance & received the first fire of the Rebels. They retreated & formed upon a hill with us, Co. A . . . appeared to those who witnessed it to be in great peril, completely surrounded by the Rebels. . . ." The soldier also writes of the difficult marches where his company slept on "beds of hay" and would wake, sometimes at 4:00 a.m., to breakfasts of roasted corn. His outfit often met farmers who were "good & loyal Unionists, & ready to contribute with a free hand any thing that would contribute to our comfort." With some names of places, other soldiers, and officers, this letter, though incomplete, is intelligently written with great military content.



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    March, 2009
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