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    Daniel H. Hill Autograph Letter Signed "DH Hill." Two pages, 7.5" x 9.5", " Camp near Richmond", Virginia; May 27, 1862. A letter written to his wife, describing recent victories in Winchester and his expectations for the coming movements of the Confederate army. It reads in part:

    "The camp and the city are in a great fluster about Jackson's great victory near Winchester. He has now a reputation higher than that of any officer in the Army & his very name seems to be a talisman of victory. I trust that the effect may be to draw off a part of McClellan's force, otherwise we will have to encounter great odds...The result of the fight here must be hard marching. If we are beaten, we must make forced marches. If the Yankees are beaten, our Army will be thrown upon Washington with all conceivable dispatch. In either case then we must look out for hard work. Would it not be well for you to go to your Father's to stay until the excitement is over. You may feel strongly the impulse of duty to be with me in case of misfortune. But you could do no good and your children aught to be your first care..."

    Shortly after this letter was composed, Hill led his division into battle at Seven Pines. The battle took place over the course of two days (May 31-June 1, 1862) and Hill soundly defeated Brigadier General Keyes' men in a flanking maneuver, although the conclusion of the engagement ended up effectively being a draw. Hill later fought at the Seven Days Battles before his division was left at Richmond while the army headed north in the Northern Virginia Campaign.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with some small tears at the edges. Soiling and foxing throughout. Separations at the vertical folds.


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