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    Union Soldier's Letter by Private Eldridge S. Pond of Co. "D", Massachusetts 40th Infantry. Four pages, 4.5" x 7", February 24, 1864, Morehead City, North Carolina. Private Eldridge S. Pond, a thirty-two year old tentmaker from Massachusetts, writes to an unnamed recipient about recent Confederate attacks and assistance by former slaves: "The rebels have attacked Newbern and they have had quite a tussel, but have ben driven back. . . . We had about 200 nigers at work falling logs acrost the roads and throughing up trenchments but they wisely kept away. the gunboats would nock hell out of them for they can run up both sides of us. we were kept in the fort for one week and slept by our loaded guns." Responding to a question about his recent sexual activity, Pond writes, "You asked if i got any skin, i tell you i have not. there is nothing to fuck but black and i would not do that." With original transmittal envelope, which has been partially cut away. Folds; fine.

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