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    Sergt. William Foster Morgan Sends back Piece Of Rebel Flag That Flew Over City Hall In Atlanta, GA.
    Amazing letter and flag relic from Sergt. William Foster Morgan of the 2nd Mass. Infantry. The letter, being 3 1/2 pages, was written on September 13, 1864 from Atlanta, Ga. On August 28, 1864, Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman lays siege to Atlanta, a critical Confederate hub, shelling civilians and cutting off supply lines. This letter was written a mere two weeks after Sherman's attack. Adhered to the last page of the letter is a piece of the flag that flew over Atlanta's City hall. The letter has great content, in part: "the Johnnies and the walled city of Atlanta in peace and quietness and departed (the Johnnies didn't know where!). While we made recognizance every day for a week when Hood walked one fine morning and found that Sherman had again struck him "end" ways, and up and after them was the order of the day, leaving only a small force in the doomed city to protect it and its inhabitants from the "Yankee Vandals". Hood met Sherman 25 miles from this place on the Macon road and pitched in charging our lines with his accustomed vigor and boldness, three times in succession and repulsed each time. When the 14th Corps concluded they would try their hand at the game and went it with a yell, overturning everything in their front splitting Hood's army into two parts, capturing 19 pieces of artillery and over 2,000 prisoners, completely routing the Johnnies and scattering them in every hand"...."About the same time our Brigade or 3 regiments, left the river and after a 4 mile march passed over our old breast works and the knoll we wrestled from the Johnnies when Goodwin was killed, and soon entered the city, the band playing, the boys singing, and the inhabitants keeping extremely quiet, expecting the Yanks would commence our work, rape, murder, arson, robbery and all other of the long catalogue of crimes which they are told we are in the habit of committing"...."Now and before Spring we'll have Savanah, Charleston, and in fact the whole damned Confederacy gobbled up"...."I will send you a piece of the Rebel flag which floated from the cupola of the City Hall when we entered Atlanta. It had thirteen stars and red and white bars....". The piece of flag measures approximately .5" x 2". The letter, written in ink, is signed "Foster", and has some light age and wear. It is addressed to "E", likely a close friend, and is easily read. One of the best "Siege" of Atlanta letters, along with the flag relic, we have offered at auction.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    2nd Saturday
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