Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    [Battle of Fredericksburg]. Union Soldier Robert Hubbel Autograph Letter Signed. Four pages of a bifolium, 8" x 12.25", Fredericksburg, Virginia; December 17, 1862. Corporal Hubbel of Co. K of the 14th NY wrote home to his parents after the battle, which was one of the most lopsided defeats the Union suffered, with three times more casualties than the Confederates. A downtrodden Hubbel describes the Union defeat thusly, in part:

    "Again we have encountered the enemy and again been obliged to withdraw without succeeding in capturing or forcing their stronghold...although our batteries did well we were unable to dislodge them. The city was then shelled and cleared of all their forces. We then threw pontoon boats across the river and gained possession of the city...The fighting of the infantry commenced on Saturday about 11 o clk AM and did not cease until 8 o clk PM when darkness closed upon us. The firing was the most terrific I think I ever heard and certainly that I ever was engaged in. our brigade went in about 3 ½ o clock and after engaging about ½ hour the line was ordered to charge. We did so and after a most severe encounter we were forced to fall back but we did not fall back as far as we started from but rallied and made a stand against a counter charge from them. They in turn were repulsed with great loss as then we had the best position being so near their fortification that they could not depress the guns so as to bear upon our then formed line...were somewhat protected by a slight raise in ground and by laying and loading on our backs and then get on our knees and fire. Many lives were by this saved...we laid all Sunday flat on our side or back not daring to raise our head for fear of their sharp shooters, and a more worn out set you never saw. We were mud from head to foot and all blacked up with powder and did certainly present the most deplorable appearance...Our Regimental loss was 45 killed and wounded (5 killed I think)...You may and probably do not know but the greatest danger and most severe and trying time to a Regt is going in, and coming out, of a Battlefield when an action is going on...I, thank god, am all right yet, but we had rather a sharp time of it."

    Condition: Usual mail folds, with light toning and soiling at creases. Bits of paper loss at folds where weaknesses occurred. Overall very good.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2018
    25th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 360

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 17 The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part IV Featuring The Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part IV Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674