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    [Death of Col. Elmer Ellsworth]. Union Colonel Clark S. Edwards Autograph Letter Signed with Two Souvenirs from the Marshall House. Four pages of a bifolium 5.5" x 7.25", on patriotic stationery, "Washington D.C. Meridian Hill," July 7, 1861. Clark S. Edwards, then a captain in the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, writes home to his wife enclosing two souvenirs that were obtained at the Marshall House, the Alexandria, Virginia, hotel in which Union Colonel Elmer Ellsworth was killed while removing the Confederate flag from the roof. Edwards writes, "I send you a little piece of the floor that poor E. fell on, also a little of the paper the room was papered with." Affixed to the front of a small card measuring 2.25" x 3.5" and featuring a patriotic vignette of Ellsworth, one of the earliest casualties of the war, the piece of floor (attached near the upper edge) measures 1.25" x .5" and the small piece of tan and cream striped wallpaper, measuring 1" x .5", is found directly below Ellsworth's image.

    In addition to the souvenirs, Edwards mentions seeing a possible Confederate reconnaissance balloon: "I have just been out of camp to see a Balloon that pass over our camp. I do not know there were any one in it but the most of the Reg. think there were some secessionists in it but I do not think there were any one in it"; witnessing the funeral procession of a soldier: "Within the last half hour Old Abe & Gen [Winfield] Scott & W[illiam]. H. Seward passed our camp. I just saw a funeral procession pass our camp. There was a company with the corpse. It was the most solemn sight I ever saw. I could see into the ambulance as they passed along. He was covered by the American flag drawn by two beautiful white horses"; and the destruction of the countryside by the soldiers: "The country is fine here but everything looks bad. The soldiers take down all of the fences and steal all of the garden stuff, but I think it was a beautiful place before the soldiers came here."

    The letter shows the usual folds. A small spot of paper loss is seen along the vertical fold near the upper edge. One minor tear near the upper left corner of the first page is seen on each subsequent page and does not exceed .5" in length. Areas of ink smudging on the final page does not render the text illegible.

    Clark S. Edwards (1823-1903) enlisted in the 5th Maine Infantry at the outbreak of the war and was quickly elected captain of Co. "I." He participated in the First and Second Battles of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, among others. Having risen through the ranks, Edwards was brevetted brigadier general on March 13, 1865.

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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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