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    Hiram Talbert Holt Autograph Letter Signed with Seven Days Battles Content. Three pages of a bifolium, 8.25" x 11.25", Camp Holt, Mobile, Alabama; June 29, 1862. Addressed to his wife, Carrie, Holt writes about his health and rumors of fighting, which is presumably the first few days of the Seven Days Battles, which marked the culmination of the Peninsula Campaign. It reads in part: "...I've got the janders (jaundice) I am as yellow as a pumpkin all over eyes & all, several of our boys have it...Health of the Regt continues very badly. Many die, two or three cases of yellow fever are reported in Mobile, but it is all a lie I know, it is jaundice I think...we have received intelligence of more fighting near Richmond, McClellan changed his front of battle received a reinforcement of nearly all of Halleck's army and was preparing for battle but just as he got ready, Stonewall Jackson attacked him with fury on his flank while Johnson peppered him in front...the result...is that we drove them across the Chickamauga captured 3,600 prisoners and had them surrounded in a bed of the river. Beauregard's army is at Chattanooga and Richmond. Halleck is near Chattanooga. Bragg is preparing for an onward movement. All things look well for us now. There is also a report that the British Squadron has blockaded the Yankees at St. Augustine and taken one of their vessels...I heard that the 5th Alabama Regiment was with Stonewall Jackson. Signed, "Talbert."

    Holt (1835-1864) initially enlisted with the Suggsville Greys, which became part of the 2nd Alabama Infantry Regiment. In June of 1862 he joined Company I of the 38th Alabama Infantry Regiment. He fought at Wartrace, Fairfield, atop Cumberland Mountain, Tina's Station, Chattanooga, Charleston, and Missionary Ridge. He died February 24, 1864 at the Battle of the Crow Valley.

    Condition: Usual tears along old folds, largest measuring .75". Toned and rubbed from age with minor soiling and edgewear. Light dampstain extends along integral fold, but does not affect legibility.


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