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    James A. Hall Fabulous Autograph Letter Signed About Gettysburg. Fifteen pages, 8" x 10.5", Grand Army of the Republic letterhead, Damariscotta, Maine, January 23, 1886, to General Hoffman. James A. Hall was a captain in the Maine 2nd Light Artillery and participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. He was later brevetted brigadier general. This amazing letter is in response to an article Hoffman had written on Gettysburg, in part: "...I congratulate you upon the very excellent manner, in which you so truthfully state what happened, on that memorable July 1st morning, and secondly I thank you heartily, for the justice done me and Halls battery, in placing us where we were, first ridge in rear of Willoughbys run. I had to fight John B. Batchelder for six long years, before he would put me there on his Maps and Charts he claiming I was on Middle ridge and then, only because we met on the field and I showed him, his error. Again, you are the first one to state the truth, and say, that Halls battery, was really unprotected on its right!..." He goes on and on for pages, reminiscing about the battle and correcting various misconceptions about his participation in it. Another interesting item he mentions: "...The fact is, (and I do not care to give it publicly now) Calef having been a gallant Soldier & Wadsworth being dead. Genl. Wadsworth ordered Calef- into my old place, and he refused point blank, to go there, for which Genl. W. wrote out charges and specifications after the battle, but they were never formally preferred..." This letter would be a goldmine for the Civil War historian or researcher. Very good condition with some weakness at the folds, and holes in the upper left corner where originally pinned together. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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