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    Civil War Letters of Edward Dale, Captain, Cavalry Core, Office of Commissary of Subsistence. The lot includes five war-dated letters with additional documents relating to Dale's military career and his family. The important letters include 1) An unsigned letter, four pages bifolium; 7.75" x 10", Nashville, Tennessee; September 26, 1864. In this letter to his wife Elizabeth, Dale acknowledges receipt of letters from home and discusses farming topics at home. He then describes events pertaining to Confederate General Joseph Wheeler's raid into East Tennessee, the purpose of which was to destroy Union General William T. Sherman's supply line for his Atlanta campaign. "During Wheeler's raid on the Railroad here we were blockaded...the telegraph was cut & torn down for some distance the track on the Road was torn up for several miles, & one bridge was destroyed...all supplies from this place to Sherman's army at Atlanta was temporarily cut off, the rebels kept hovering around in small bands for some time between here and Tullahoma...the commander here didn't deem it safe for any one to march, excepting large body of troops. I finally volunteered to go, & so on the 3rd of Sept. I started with 1200 hd. of Cattle, a lot of Horses & Mules & about 120 men....I proceeded all night until I arrived at Murfreesboro....I staid [sic] 3 or 4 days and then proceeded toward Chattanooga, where I arrived on the 21st all safe and sound (having steered clear of the rebs with about $200,000 dollars worth of property)....There is another raid now in progress by Forest [Nathan Bedford Forrest], Roddy [Philip Roddey] & Co. & it is said to be much more formidable." 2) Letter signed "Ed Dale." Two pages, 8" x 10", [Tennessee]; September 27, 1864. In this letter to his wife, Dale sends a boll of cotton [enclosed with letter] and mentions a Union torch light precession in support of President Lincoln's reelection. "Last night there was a very fine torch light procession got up by the 45th N. York regiment in honor of Lincoln & Johnson. They had a great many transparencies, with numerous mottoes & devices, one was fixed to a buggy & drawn by 2 horses. Most of the men had lamps, enclosed with square transparent shades with mottoes on the sides...they marched through the principle streets, their course being marked by almost showers of Rockets. It closed by their marching to the Capital & a speech from Gov. Johnson, candidate for Vice President." 3) Letter signed "Emma" and "Elizabeth." Four page bifolium, 5" x 8", West Blue Mounds, [Wisconsin]; April 21, 1865. A joint letter to Dale from his daughter Emma and his wife Elizabeth concerning life at home in Wisconsin. 4) Letter signed "Edward." Two pages on Head-Quarters Cavalry Corps, Office of Commissary of Subsistence stationery, 7.5" x 10", Macon, Georgia; May 15, 1865. In this letter to his wife, Dale writes of his shock and sadness concerning the death of his daughter Kate. "I intended writing you again today giving you a partial description of our route from the Tenn. River, and the capture of Jeff Davis & family. They were brought to this place on Saturday afternoon about 4 O'Clock & left the same evening for Washington. I saw him he looks very despondent...the 1st Wis. deserves credit of his capture, but those words little Katy she left us so sudden ring in my ears, constantly before my eyes, absorbs everything else. I can't write about scarce anything." 5) Letter signed "Edward" "Papa." Three pages (of a bifolium) on Head-Quarters First Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division of the Mississippi, Office Commissary of Subsistence stationery, 7.75" x 9.75", Macon, Georgia; May 18, 1865. In this letter to his wife and children, Dale concentrates on the loss of his daughter.

    The archive also includes 4 one-page letters (circa 1864) from Willie Dale to his father, Edward Dale, and 1 letter signed "Papa", one page, 7.5" x 8", Nashville, Tennessee; August 7, 1864, from Dale to Willie, in which he writes, "Papa was very glad to get that nice little letter you sent him but I was very sorry the mumps should have troubled you so much. Willie I hope you are a good boy and go to school regular. I want you to hurry and learn to write other than print, it's so much trouble to answer your letters, but then Willie you are such a little boy, that Papa was very pleased to know that you was able to write him, you must write again soon, and tell me how Em. & Kate, & Mary are, whether they are good girls or not, & then you must tell me how the horses are & the cow, & calf, & pigs, & bees, & piegeons [sic], tell me all the news you can think of"; 4 letters, [West Blue Mounds, Wisconsin], n.d. [circa 1865], to Dale from his wife and daughters Emma and Kate; two retained copies of vouchers of contingencies, partially printed documents, 8.5" x 11", dated June 11 and 12, 1864, one submitted to Daniel Riggle by Dale, and signed by him and Riggle, certifying that the pasturing of 537 head of government beef cattle in Marion County, Tennessee at 1 cent per head for a total amount of $5.37; and one submitted to Robert M. Paris by Dale, and signed by him and Paris, certifying the pasturing of 538 head of government beef cattle at ½ cents per head, for a total of $8.07; a partially printed document from the Commissary General of Subsistence to Dale, 8" x 10", Washington, DC; February 4, 1865, concerning Dale's returning of provisions and Commissary property to the Commissary Office, plus three other documents, dating from January 4 to January 31, 1867, relating to Dale's accounts with the U.S. Army; and seven canceled postal covers (only one with stamp present).

    Edward Dale (1822-1869) was born in Cornwall, England, and married Elizabeth Johanna (Rowe) Dale (1822-1891) in Toronto, Canada, in 1842. The couple settled in Blue Mounds, Dane county, Wisconsin, in 1845. During the Civil War, Dale was appointed a captain in the Commissary Subsistence of Volunteers on April 20, 1864. He assumed his post on 11 May 1864 and reported to duty at Nashville, Tennessee, where he served the Department of the Cumberland from May to September 1864. Dale purchased forage at Chattanooga until January 1865, serving as Commissary, 1st Cavalry Division, Military Division, Mississippi, to June 1865. He was on post at Gallatin, Tennessee, until December 1865 when he was relieved and he mustered out of the service on January 27, 1866. Dale died in Andrew County, Missouri.

    Condition: Letters and documents have the usual folds, most have slight toning and foxing, with some showing weakening along folds and several separated along folds; otherwise good.


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