Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army

    William W. Heartsill, a Sheet From His Original Manuscript of his Civil War Memoir, Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army. Two pages, both sides of a single sheet measuring 8" x 10". Dated April 1863 at top, but certainly a post-war transcription. The printed book was privately printed by Heartsill in 1876 from his handwritten manuscript. He set the type by hand, and individually cut and paste the 61 albumens in each of the one hundred copies made. Heartsill's efforts resulted in the scarcest and most desirable of all Civil War memoirs. Heritage sold a copy for $35,850 in December 2007. Offered here are two pages written entirely in Heartsill's hand of his original manuscript. It covers April 14, 1863 through April 21, 1863. In part: "Apr. 14 Still in Salt Water, the impression is that we are detained here on account of the fight now going on some twenty miles of James river. At 9 o'clk a salute of 21 guns was fired by the Franchman; and is answered by old Monroe. The Brooks has transferred one hundred of her cargo on to this boat... Aprl 17th. The prisoners (or I should have said exchanged soldiers, but I have been so accustomed to write prisoner; that I still find myself at it.) well the exchanged soldiers are divided into Companies of one hundred each, and there is given each Co; twelve wall tents: which are pitched in rows, after this rations are issued to a Serg't for the 'one hundred' and he issues to messes of ten... Apl 18th. The remainder of the Camp Butler prisoners come in and form Charlie Floyd we learn that J R Hyde of the Rangers died in prison and on the 9th inst. Alone at Camp Butler is a Rangers grave; yet in the hearts of his comrades will his memory every be held dear.." Gently toned, with a few spots of foxing, in particular at edges. A few stray ink marks.

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