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    Three Letters by Union Soldier William W. Hawkins, total 12pp., 5" x 8", written circa 1863 sending home news of camp life. In a letter dated Jan 6, 1863, he writes: "...There has been a talk here that Burnside was a going south with part of this Army and Hookes was agoing to take his place that would be apt to put us into a Brigade..." In a letter written at South Mountain Turners Gap, dated July 14, 1863, he writes about robbing corpses: "...he is on the gain a little yesterday we took him over the old Battle ground here he met one of the Boys carring with the Thigh Bones of a Rebs Leg he was agoing to make rings of it ... Arch pulled a lot of Tenth out of one of the Skull Soldiers are hard hearted..." A third, undated letter to his mother, answering his father's questions: "I can not tell why we guard the plantations only that it is orders. There was quite a number of those wounded men died on the Boat what die here we bury..." Lot includes one of the original covers addressed to a "William Hawkins / Argyle / Wash. Co. / N.Y." Hawkins enlisted at the age of 19 in Argyle, NY as a Private. He served in the New York 93rd Infantry, Company "I" and was discharged for wounds on July 12, 1865. The letters are uniformly very clean and in near fine condition. From the collection of Henry E. Luhrs.

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    October, 2007
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