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    [Civil War] and [Terry's Texas Rangers]. Gustave Cook Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, 8" x 12.5", Triune [Tennessee], December 20, 1862. Writing home to his wife, Cook, a member of Terry's Texas Rangers, inquires as to her health and states that "...with the exception of neuralgia in the head and face I never enjoyed better health..." He continues with a description of a recent skirmish: "I am nearly constantly on duty in command of the Grand Guard and outposts. I hear the morning & evening drums of the enemy, see them twenty times a day sometimes and have skirmishes every day or two. I had quite a little engagement with them the other day. I had about 175 men and the enemy advanced upon me with 800 cavalry and two regiments of infantry. I used every means to avoid the infantry and to engage the cavalry. I...made a little dash on their cavalry killing and wounding 6 or 8 and losing none. By the time the brush was over, their infantry got up and I was forced back. I again took position in a very strong place and they retired."

    He tells Eliza that he does not expect a battle to happen, but accepts that "...some deep maneuvering is going on but think it is not likely that we will have much fighting here." Like all soldiers, he remained hopeful that the end of the war would come soon: "I see a great many Northern papers every day and I look for a speedy termination of the war. There is a very great excitement and agitation in the Northwest against the Eastern or New England States and I am fully satisfied that this winter will end the struggle though peace may not come before Fall." Less than two weeks later, the 8th Texas Cavalry supported Nathan Bedford Forrest in the Battle of Murfreesboro. The war would last another two years and the Rangers would see action in all three of the Battles of Chattanooga, the Battle of Chickamauga, the Knoxville Campaign, and the Atlanta Campaign.

    Smoothed folds are weakened and separating at the edges in places. Small spot of staining on the main vertical fold near the lower edge.

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