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    Battle of Williamsburg Eyewitness Account. 4-page manuscript written on large bifolium lined stationery, titled "The dear bought Victory at Williamsburg Fought on the 6th day of May A.D. 1862". Composed in the "Village of Williamsburg" by Daniel H. Handy of the 4th Artillery Corps, General Keyes, Commanding. In part, with corrections to spelling: "... [I] will endeavor to give you a poor description of the position in which lay 25,000 Rebels in ambush and under the protection of a rear line of forts of vast strength with heavy cannon in position awaiting the advance of the Union hosts... the grounds [were] ingeniously prepared with axes wielded by slaves and directed by West Point engineers... Go down from the lofty parapets of Fort Magruder and go over the right or western point of the horseshoe of the Rebel position... and enter if you can the fallen forest trees tumbled with cowardly and savage ingenuity five hundred feet wide... the trees were cut so as to interlock their branches... but you soon study out a craftier arrangement in little alleys ending into this terrible court... alleys leading in from the open shape in front of Fort Magruder and made for the Rebels to conveniently go and come in their labor of sheltered massacre, on unprotected fallen Northerners... the Rebs first engaged us under cover and practiced their barbarous civilization of robbing and stripping their own dead. Far far then into this tangled swampy forest you keep coming upon the ragged and dirtily clad barbarians lying upon their faces and more upon their backs in every form of bloody death.... Suffice it to say, on the night of the 7th they being in danger of being cut off from the main army on its way to Richmond, evacuated the place, and early next morning with playing bands and flying colors we drove their pickets out and entered the Village of Williamsburg." Some discoloration and aging. Spine reinforced with rice paper. For creative writing, this guy gets an "A!"

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