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    Civil War Confederate Carte de Visite, Letter, and Cover from Franklin B. Riley, Co. B 16th Mississippi Inf. Image, with script pencil ID/ signature on the front, shows Riley in a nine button shell jacket, opened exposing vest. Knee high boots, holding wide brimmed slouch hat. There is no backmark. Very fine, bright, crisp condition. The original cover, in which the letter and CDV were sent, utilizes an uncut pair of five cent blue CS stamps tied to the cover with a March 8, 1863 Richmond postmark. Flap is missing else good condition.

    Bright, bold ink script letter, four pages, 6" x 7.5", foldover lettersheet. Headed "Camp Near Fredericksburg, Va./ Friday March 6, 1863". Refers to the health of his unit, noting that "Two Negroes in this Co. have recently died; one belonging to Arthur Massey the other to Lt. Gibson", detailing the circumstances of their deaths. Talks about "sending you cards" (photographs and the difficulty in having them done (he was obviously successful). "My old ugly Over Coat that you and Gin laughed at me about is a great friend to me these cold days when the wind is coming...from Yankeedoodledum." Discusses the possibility of a furlough and states that "Some are looking for peace, I am looking for the hardest fighting to commence soon....since the war commenced." Really a wonderful letter. Very fine condition with some minor toning and minor weakness at folds but very sound. The 16th Mississippi served with, and participated in, all major actions of the Army of Northern Virginia. Great grouping.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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