Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Union Soldier's Letter by Elias Buterbaugh of the U.S. Signal Corps. Two pages, 8" x 10", May 17, 1864, "Fortress Monroe Virginia", with cover. Buterbaugh writes this grisly account of what he saw as a participant at the Second Battle of Drewry's Bluff (May 16, 1864): "I have been in three battles since I come down here. The first was not very hard but yesterday we had a dreadful time. we had drove the rebels within seven miles of Richmond and they got reinforcements. Sunday night and Monday morning it was so foggy that we could not see them till they made a charge and cut Gen. Heckman's division all to pieces. . . . They come down on us with three divisions and drove us out of the breast works. We fell back to an open field and formed in line again then the rebs come on us again but we held the ground, they planted some artillery on the breastworks and shelled us. It was the awfulest sight I ever saw. See men torn to pieces some their arms shot off and some their legs all around it looked hard." Written in pencil; with folds. Very minor stains. Fine.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 771

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 14 days left to consign to the 2020 March 29 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674