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    [Civil War]. Two Unknown Soldier's Letters Signed "RZF." The first letter, three pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", Camp near Culpeper Court House; October 28, 1863, includes the soldier's hopes to make it to the next Christmas: "...Ah we are talking of Christmas but we no not what may turn round between know and that day we may never see the time agane [sic] when Christmas may come & we may one and all be landed in eternity. We all see the danger but we do not apprehend it but hope that we may one an all live to see the blume [sic] of another Christmas and injoy it well."

    In his next letter, addressed to a woman he calls Geet, the soldier speaks of the fighting encountered at Spotsylvania. He also goes on to tease his friend about cutting her hair short. It reads, in part:

    "...we have been fighting for 6 days and I have not had an opportunity to write and I am wrighting at this time by chance and I don't know when I will have an opportunity of sending this...we had six men wounded in our Company and 14 horses kild and disabled. But I am still well and unharmed. I think I ought to be thankful for my good luck for I think it was onlley luck and the will of god that any of us got out unhurt for I never seen hair fall faster than the balls did. But we was victorious and I hope that we may allways be it is thought that this summer will close the ware [sic]...you said you was going to have your hair shingled well I think you had better not for I think it is very rong for ladys to have ther hair spoilt it will never be as pretty agane. I think you better not turn boy yet they might conscript you and take you in the armey. I met with a lady today that said the ladyes around here was going to make up a Company and go and fight so I think you had better wait a while if you have your hair shingled they will not take you in this Company."

    Condition: Both letters have usual mail folds and light toning around the edges. Some small areas of soiling, but overall very fine.


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    October, 2018
    25th Thursday
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