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    Civil War Soldiers' Letters - Group of fifteen letters by Civil War soldiers, including four original transmittal covers:
    Four page letter by S.H. Brehm, "Camp near Falmouth", Jan 22, 1863, regarding his poor health and mentions that his troop has just left Bolivar and were reviewed by Ambrose Burnside, also: "This afternoon we again sign the papers for our bounty - but when will it come?"
    A letter by Martin Fehl, 4 pages, Headquarters Relay Barax, April 15, 1863: "I sough in the mornings pape that Longstreet is a bout to make an attack on sufoke with thorty Sousand men and then look out for the drafted boys thare was a blow struck aganst fort Sumter but they had to retreat a gane..."
    A four page letter by J. Henry Heap writing home to this father, March 4, 1863, while stationed in the Capital sending news of his ill health and poor morale: "I think most of the patriotic sentiment of our regt - as well as most others have gone done to the toes of their boots and very little their and what is there is below par..."
    A letter by Samuel Hall, 4 pages, written while on duty as a nurse in Hammond General Hospital, Point Lockhart, Aug. 22, 1863 expressing his support of Lincoln and reporting that the hospitals turning into a "rebel prison". Good content.
    A three page letter by Emerson Opdycke written from "Field of Shiloh, Tenn", April 30, 1862, with good content: "...It seems quite odd that the very day you was writing to me, we were actually fighting the great battle you were predicting... We expect to march every day. As our lines advance each day towards Corinth immense amounts of Cannons are going forward - some about fourteen feet long, drawn by oxen. Halleck is near our division and all feel every confidence in him. We expect an immense fight down there which I think will end the big battles in the West. Had the rebels annihilated Grant's Army, our condition would have been deplorable in many ways, Grant ought to be shot till dead!..." Much more good content; with original cover.
    In an ALS dated "Brandy Station Nov. 13, 1863", F.L. Hayden of the 1st Div. sixth Army corps, writes: "I suppose you have read all about the fight on Saturday at Rappahannock Station... I am glad it turned out so well, especially as Gen;. Wright was in command of the corps; & the plan was for the 5th Corps to seize the upper ford & also a position for our artillery, & then after a severe artillery fire fro the 1st Div. 6th Corps to assault the works, get possession of the pontoon bridge, & bag the gamion... 4 guns, 8 stand of colors & 1600 prisoners (2 brigades including the crack Louisiana Brigade) Lee's troops were in winter quarters & were, I think taken completely by surprise...we took the works just at dark, & the rebs across the river were afraid to fire for fear of wounding their own men..." Much more great battle content, and accompanied by the original cover.
    Balance of letters contain newsy content regarding provisions and day-to-day activities. All letters are in very good condition, and highly legible. Lot should be viewed.


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