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    [Civil War]. G. W. Turner Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, 5.5" x 8.5", Demopolis [Alabama], March 6, 1864, to his cousin, Mattie E. Tillman. Turner, a private in Co. "D," 10th Texas Cavalry, explains that he has not "...had time to read the letters..." that she has sent him as "...we were at Jackson at the time the yankees were two [illegible] for us we had to fall back to this place we have been here three weeks." Of the retreat back to Demopolis: "...it was a harde [sic] mach [march] we were Reinforce[d] from .Ga I saw a good many of the Tennessee boys they were ordered back to .Ga..."

    To Turner, hopes for the end of the conflict appear bleak: "I see no prospect of pace [peace] soon I would be glad we could have pace [sic] for I am getting very tired of the war..." But he still toys with the idea of reenlisting: "Some of the troupes [sic] are Reinlisting [sic] for the war one company in our Regiment had Reinliste[d] for the war I want the promice [sic] of a furlogh [sic] before I Reinlist [sic]...if they will let me Ride I will be in for the war."

    Six months earlier, the Confederate Army had scored a victory at Chickamauga, but, as Turner relates, many southern soldiers were captured: "...the 17 Tennessee Regiment were a good many captured at Chickamaga [sic] all that lived in my naborwhood [sic] that was in the fight...I saw some of the boys that was taken prisoner & got a way they sed [sic] most of the boys went home got a way near Nashville & are at home..."

    He ends by sending his love to her and the rest of the family. With the original transmittal envelope. Unevenly toned with the usual folds; folds are weak in places and separating. Overall wrinkling. Text is bold and bright with some bleed-through.


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