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    [Battle of Gettysburg]. Union Soldier's Letter by L. Harrison, Company F, 36th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia. A four-page letter on a 5" x 8" bifolium, dated July 20, 1863 from Gettysburg, in which Harrison describes the scenes at the Gettysburg battlefield and in the town weeks after the famous three-day engagement. Written in pencil, Harrison's letter provides a vivid account of what he observed: "When we first came here we found dead Rebs lying all around the field. There are 2 or 3 thousand dead horses lying on the Battle field yet. It is an awful sight. I never before seen anything to match it. Most every house in town contains fifty or sixty wounded. They die off very fast. Strangers come here every day and have their friends taken up. The town also looks very hard there are a great many houses in town that have twelve or fourteen Cannon Balls in them. The fences are all splintered by the fire of the Musketry." An interesting letter that provides a glimpse of this monumental battles' immediate effect on the battlefield and the town of Gettysburg. Included with the letter is a typed transcription.

    Condition: The letter has slight horizontal folds with a few minor tears that do not affect the text.


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