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    Confederate Soldier's Letter Group by Mark Latimer of the 15th Georgia Infantry. Three letters, totaling 10 pages, most measuring 5" x 10". Two letters written within weeks of his enlistment on July 15, 1861; and a third letter dated January 15, 1862. Writing to his sister on July 28, 1861 describing the aftermath of the First Battle of Bull Run (his regiment arrived after the battle was over): "... on our side there were four hundred killed and eight hundred wounded and on the Yankee side there were six thousand killed and as many wounded. There are a great many Yankees here now dead and dying all of whom are buried ten and twelve in one grave. I never before looked on a dead body without some feeling of horror but produces no more feeling with me to look at dead Yankees than if they were so many dead dogs. Most of the prisoners have been sent to Richmond..." Together with three letters from his father (total 10 pages, most about 5" x 7"), J.B. Latimer, who is not in the army, but is away from home and writing to his daughter with news of the war. Most notable, is four page letter written from Sparta and dated June 20, 1863 with news of the war. In very small part: "Mark write me Genl Lee said if he had had Genl Hood's division to which Mark belongs, at the time of the fight, he would have demolished Hooker and his whole army... Genl Lee is now in motion towards Manassas when last heard from they were at Culpepper Court House some thirty miles this side of Manassas. I expect they will have another big fight up there soon, some persons think Lee will invade Maryland again... We are raising many companies in every county in Georgia for home or state protection all are joining young & old, the object of which is to molest & stop the Yankee raids..."
    Condition: Condition varies, but overall very good. Both of Mark's July 1861 letters are in pencil, and one has a small clean tear. J.B. Latimer's June 20, 1863 letter has heavy toning, but bold ink; heavy ink showthrough.


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