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    Union Colonel John Butler Conyngham Autograph Letter Signed with a Signed Carte de Visite. Four pages of a bifolium, 7.75" x 9.75", Raleigh [North Carolina], April 24, 1865. Addressed to Col. Hoyt, Conyngham, then a lieutenant colonel in the 52nd Pennsylvania Infantry, relates the particulars surrounding the surrender of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, the killing of the president, and the evacuation of Charleston, in part: "Today we are rather floored to hear in pretty good authority that the terms Johnston has been asking for are refused by the government, & an unconditional surrender demanded - Certain it is that our 'Unconditional Surrender' himself [U.S. Grant] is here & was present at the review of the 17th Corps this evening by Sherman. If Johnston allows it to come to blows again it will be a terrible day for him and his army, for with the feeling that has been aroused by the murder of the President nothing but extermination will satisfy our men." The letter shows the usual folds which are unevenly toned. The vertical fold is separating from the upper edge with one spot of minor paper loss.

    The CDV which accompanies the letter measures 2.25" x 4" and features a vignetted chest up portrait of Conyngham in uniform. Below his portrait he has inscribed, "Yours truly / Jno. B. Conyngham / Lt. Col. 52d P.V." Pencil notation on the verso. Light foxing, else fine.


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