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    Fabulous Collection of Civil War Union Soldier Letters consisting of approximately 30 items, some on colorful patriotic stationery, several with original transmittal envelopes, and one with a not-too-complimentary drawing of a "suthern lady." This is a particularly fine group of letters with much description of camp life, battles, and longings for home and an end to the war.

    A few quotes from random letters: "...we are still a fighting the rebs yet we are in a mile of Atlanta and there is a big fight every day... I have been cut mighty close with musket balls since I have been on this campaign..."; "...the mosquitoes have half eaten me. Charleston is not yet taken!!"; "The man under arrest for threatening the Captain's life the guard house yet. He will probably go to the penitentiary for 2 years... The Captain's tent got a fire last night and burned it about half down... [I] am so homesick I can't hardly eat my rations... Tell Prudence she need not send me any pillow...what on earth does a soldier want of one!..."; "...There is something exciting about a march after all, and I would never miss one if I could help it as tiresome as it is..."; "...I have plenty of paper and you need not send me anything only a letter as often as you can for that is all I want. Oh, I would give anything if I could be home..."; "...there was one grand skidaddle the Rebs came very near taking the Whole 13 armey Core thay took 4000 or five thousand of our men it was one detful fite the field was covered with the dead and diiing it was enough to brake the strongist hart to hear cries, but thank the grate god my life was spared from death..."; and finally, the type of letter a family never wanted to get, "...The body of your son cannot be moved until cold weather sets in... Enclosed you will find $50, doctor's certificate, and descriptive list. I burnt all his clothing excepting the suit he had on him when buried..."

    Many of these letters have either full or partial transcriptions. The condition is generally fine.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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