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    [Battle of Fredericksburg]. Union Colonel Oliver H. Palmer Autograph Letter and Note Signed. Three pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 10", Falmouth [Virginia], December 10, 1862. Addressed to his wife at midnight from the headquarters of his 2nd Brigade just one day before the opening shots of the Battle of Fredericksburg: "I have just returned from a council of war held at General Sumners Head Quarters . . . General Burnside was also there. We are determined to make the attempt . . . to cross the River [the Rappahannock] and attack the rebels in their Entrenchments. I of course had nothing to say but heard the discussions and I confess the conviction on my mind that it is a sacrifice of life without the promise of adequate results . . . We are to be ready to leave camp at 6 oclock . . . The result of what now looks like a bloody day for to-morrow will be announced to you long before you receive this letter God grant the announcement may be read by you in joy not in sorrow." Evidence of staining, possibly burning along the upper edge. Folds.

    With a short note penned five days later letting her know that he is well, reading: "All well as yet no fighting since 13 God bless you & the dear children."

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