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    Group of Six Letters from Lt. William H. Bush, 116th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Set of six war-dated letters, including transcriptions and three original transmittal envelopes, written between May 20, 1863, and March 3, 1865, addressed to his wife and children. These lengthy letters are filled with heartfelt sentiment toward his family, and reports of the battles in which his division engaged.

    The first letter, written from Winchester, VA, shows Bush's contempt for the Rebellion, as he expresses "This wicked Rebellion will be crushed and traitors be brought to justice, and nothing short of this will the Union ever be sadisfied."

    In the letters dated May 19 & 22, 1864, Lt. Bush writes of the Confederate victory at New Market, informing his wife of General Sigel being relieved of duty, and replaced by Gen. Hunter, then giving battle details. In part: "Our loss last Sunday at New Market was something near six hundred killed & wounded and missing. Most of this was done in the space of three hours. The fight was severe while it lasted. Rebel loss...must have been considerable more than ours. They charged three times on our batteries when they were mowed down by grape and canister."

    On November 2, 1864, from Cedar Creek, West Virginia he lists six conflicts in which his regiment engaged, "three of them important Battles. One in August the 26th, 2nd at Berryville Sept 3rd, at Winchester Sept 19, at Fisher's Hill Sept 22nd, at Cedar Creek October 13 and at Cedar Creek October 19."

    The last two letters are from Camp Holly, Virginia, dated February 5, and March 3, 1865. Nearing the end of the war, William Bush writes of the meeting at Fort Monroe that sought to end the war, of his religious beliefs, and the return of deserters. It's likely these were some of his last letters, as he was killed in action at Fort Gregg during the Third Battle of Petersburg on April 3, 1865.

    Condition: All letters have folds, even toning and light soiling.

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