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    Civil War Soldiers' Letters. Group lot of six letters by soldiers totaling 21 pages with a variety of content. Most notably, an ALS from a Lt. Col. James Wing written as a prisoner in Libby Prison, dated Feb. 26, 1864 to "Hon. S.S. Cox": "Seeing no prospect of an early exchange and having been a prisoner nine months I take the liberty of addressing you a few lines for the purpose of enlisting your influence and aid in procuring for me a special exchange... Get out Authorities to parole some Lieut Colonel who thinks he has influence enough with his authorities to effect an exchange and let him come to Richmond..." Letter has a ragged bottom margin with some paper loss affecting a few words. Also, an ALS by an E.P. Davis, 8 pages, Fort Williams, Va., Dec. 21, 1864 describing in great detail his visit to the Capital, letter has light soiling and partial separations at folds; and an LS from J.S. Richardson, Quarter Master's Office C.S.M Prison, Columbia S.C., Nov. 19, 1864, requisitioning supplies; and a partial ALS from a J.H. Jenks to his wife regarding living conditions in the camp and some observations: "...Mrs. Wilson went home with Mr. Bolsten, he, Mr. Wilson, found it was no place for a woman. From our breast works we can see the rebel pickets plainly - we have a picket outside of our parapet with in a few rods from the R. Picket. They do not distrust each other but trade together, exchanging papers, &c I have drawn a rude sketch of the position with Richmond and Petersburg as I understand them [his hand-drawn maps occupies almost the full verso of sheet] We are 10m from Petersburg and 15 from Richmond. It is now past 10 o'clock and I can hear the awful booming of those guns on Petersburg..." Jenks would not survive the War, dying in action in November 1864. Overall condition of letters is good, with noted exceptions.

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