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    Lt. Isador Hirsch [KIA Petersburg]: Gettysburg Letter and More.
    Archive of letters and documents related to Jewish soldier Isador Hirsch who was a Lieutenant in the 99th Pennsylvania Volunteers [Ward's Brigade], 1st Division, 3rd Corps. Hirsch was killed in action at the Siege of Petersburg. The letters written by Hirsch are all, save one, directed to his wife. There are nine war-date letters or documents, including: 1) July 3, 1862 3-pg. letter and envelope, on Board Steamer North American opposite Point Lookout, indicating he is awaiting orders. 2) July 7, 1862 letter from Harrison Point, 4pp., writing that they are waiting for reinforcements. 3) March 13, 1863 letter from Potomac Creek Bridge tendering his resignation, 1 1/4pp., docketed with numerous endorsements all rejecting his request. 4) July 5, 1863 single page letter with envelope, written from "Penna", reading "One of the terrible Battles of the war has been fought and Won. Our loss is not yet known but it cannot be very small. our regt. lost even one hundred, others lost two and three hundred. But the Rebels loss must be frightful. The field being so full in some places that in moving forward we had to climb over their dead and wounded...". 5) July 31, 1863 single page letter with envelope from Warrenton, Virginia: "... the reason you have not heard from me oftener you already know from Sergt. Kite who I suppose has been to see you. He will deliver to you my medal which I thought best to send home...". 6) February 4, 1864 note accompanied by wonderful postally-used cover with 99th Penna. Vols. design listing their engagements (Second Bull Run, Chantilly, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Kelly's Ford, Mine Run, etc.) 7) A February 10, 1864 telegram with envelope written from Washington by Hirsch, telling his wife "I will arrive with the regt. in Phila tomorrow Thursday afternoon." 8) A single page letter (with envelope) dated April 2, 1864 from Brandy [Station], Virginia with routine content. 9) A July 7, 1864 4-page letter and cover from regimental headquarters near Petersburg discussing sending back Hirsch's body to his widow, describing his death in battle, signed by Major J. W. Moore. Sold together with approximately eighteen pieces of ephemera dealing with widow's pension and the family's grain business (Beltz Brothers) in Minneapolis. A fine archive.

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    December, 2019
    8th Sunday
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