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    Lt. Calvin Pierce Autograph Letter Signed with Siege of Jackson Content. Four pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 12.5", Vicksburg; July 30, 1863. In this letter to his sweetheart, Cordeal, Pierce writes about the Siege of Jackson, the looting that took place and the march back to Vicksburg. It reads in part: "...We started for Jackson on the 6 th of July, and after 4 days marching in the hot sun and dust arrived and took our position before the fortifications of the City. The enemys forces numbered nearly 40,000 men. After besieging the city for over a week in which considerable many men were lost on both sides the enemy were forced to evacuate...Splendid residences costing thousands of Dollars furnished with all the elegance and luxury which wealth could buy, were left to the ruthless hand of the soldiers...I saw one solider dash the Butt of his musket into a Mirror costing probably 4 or 5 hundred dollars, another run his Bayonet through the Portraits & engraving, chairs and tables were broken, pianos ruined...and everything made a perfect wreck. Although I don't approve of the manner of proceedings myself, yet more or less such things will happen along with every large army. After tearing up all the railroads leading out of the City for 25 miles each way we set out on our return, reaching here on the 25." Signed, "Calvin."

    Condition: Creases are rubbed. Some intermittent toning from age with minor staining. Occasional smudged word that does not affect legibility. Smoothed folds.


    More Information: Calvin Pierce (1833-1904) joined Company G of the 42nd Ohio Infantry on October 4, 1861. This was the regiment of the future president, James Garfield. Pierce was appointed sergeant April 10, 1862 and by May of 1864 had been promoted to 1st Lieutenant. He mustered out with company December 2, 1864. Pierce married Cordelia F. Lockwood (1837-1891) in December of 1865. They had one daughter, Frances Lillian.


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