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    Civil War Letters Archive. This lot consists of twenty letters, from or to a Garland B. St. John. Writing to him are his parents and siblings. The St. John family lived in Brooklyn, Michigan. Other towns mentioned in the letters are Columbia, Henrietta, Napoleon, Jefferson, Grand Blanc, Dearborn, and Dearbornville. One letter dated May 20, 1864 reads in part, " We are all well, I think, at present and are hoping to hear of a victory at Richmond ere many months. I would give a great deal to hear that glad news before my time is out. At least I hope that the war will end soon after. Well, I must say that I am entirely at loss what to write so will be you goodbye for the present, hoping you will remember you wayward son." A second letter from Garland's mother recounts some battle information, it reads in part, " Yours of the 6th is rec'd and our anxiety for your safety is quieted by the glad news of your preservation through the awful scenes before Murfresboro… But O the scenes in Rosecrans' Main Army. Had he not been a 2nd Zach Taylor all would have been lost, whipped once or twice and didn't retire before him. We may expect the Rebels will fight desperately in every battle as they are driven to the wall. A great many faint-hearted skulks here at the North are saying, 'You never can subdue the South.' All we ask of such is to stand out of our sunshine, and as sure as there is truth and justice in the earth we'll conquer that southern soil and bring it under the stars and stripes; whatever may become of the inhabitants it matters little. If they were swept from the earth and all the Northern sympathizers with them, the country will be settled with a population that will bring forth fruits meet for a Republic."

    Garland served in the 1st Michigan Engineer regiment until he was discharged in October of 1864. His main occupation seems to have been bridge building, which he mentions often in his letters. This lot features everything from wartime accounts to the spiritual ponderings of a soldier at the front. It has everything a Civil War collector craves. Also accompanying this set of letters is a spiral bound document that explains the genealogy of a Halstead family.

    The letters are all in very fine condition; they have been preserved magnificently along with full transcriptions of each letter. This lot is a treasure trove of research.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
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