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    [Civil War]. Lewis A. Westfall, Musician in Stockton's Independent Brigade, Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", Hall's Hill, VA; November 13, 1861. The young musician wrote this letter home, detailing his enlistment in the army band and how he was faring. While the grammar and spelling is a little poor, the content is excellent. It reads, in part:

    "...There is no danger of our starving, we have plenty of fresh beef, salt beef, salt port, fresh bread, and [illegible], vinegar, Potatoes and Caffe, Sugar, and not much to I do. We play three times a Day, three pices each time, that iz all we do, no drillen. Dear Friend We had a General Breven here a few Dayz ago, that haz been a side to see. There has been out about 12 to 13 thousend of soldier 3 Brigade of Infantry own Brigade of Ardillery and own Brigade of Cavallery our General McClellan was at present. Ourer Band is considert to be the best in ourer Brigade there ownly 13 of us but we ar all good musican..."

    Condition: Usual mail folds, moderate toning throughout. Some small separations are present at folds and edges where weakness occurred. Slight chipping at edges, with a small amount of paper loss along top edge, which affects very little of the text.

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