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    Group of Civil War Letters and Covers, Some With Patriotic Images. Here is a fine lot consisting of seven handwritten letters and eleven postally-used envelopes (nine with original stamps), all written during the Civil War (1861-1865), and most addressed to a Jacob Quickel of Greens Fork, Indiana. Five of the envelopes have patriotic graphics and text on the front with messages such as "600,000 More Men," "Our flag shall be respected," and "Shoot the first man that attempts to pull down the American Flag." The stamps appear to mostly be the 3¢ Washington (Scott 65) variety, with cancels from Memphis, Cairo (Illinois), Mechanicsburg (Pennsylvania), and New Orleans.

    One of these letters, written from Arkansas Post in January 1863, describes the Battle of Fort Hindman (in part- as written): "...January the 17, 1863 now will try to finish my letter when I commensed to write it rained so hard that it came through our tent so that I could not write very well. Last Sunday we had a big fight at Arkansas post cald fort hineman we took everything they had and between 7,000 & 8,000 prisoners. oh it was a heard site to go over the battle field. our gun Boats knocked the fort all to pieces and now we are come down to the mouth of Ark River today and the fleet is laying here now and I don't know wheter they are going down to Vicksburg again or not I hope they will take us north again till we get well for half of the Regt is sick now..." At least one of these letters was written by John Quickel who served in the Pennsylvania 87th Infantry and had his arm amputated after wounds he received at Mine Run, Virginia. He mentions the loss of his arm in his letter. A very fine lot and worthy of further research.


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    June, 2006
    7th Wednesday
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