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    Joseph Warren Keifer Second Battle of Rappahannock Station Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, penned on recto and verso of blue stationery, 7.75" x 9.75", "Headquarters at Brandy Station, Nov. r 12/63." Keifer writes to his cousin, Rev. Milton J. Miller, later the chaplain for the 110th Ohio Infantry, about his participation in the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station. In part: "If you could only see the Army of the Potomac in motion, nearly 100,000 men with over 400 pieces of artillery... In the recent movements of this Army some important successes were gained. My Brigade fully equaled my expectations in meeting & resisting the enemy. I commanded the advance guard of the Army on Sunday the 8th inst... I charged the Enemy and drove him from a hill upon which he was strongly posted with artillery in position... I kept up a running fight with the Enemy... For the third time since in the army I was able to use my pistols upon the Enemy at short range... After a day's fighting is over, and we turn to witness the mangled bodies of friends & foe, the hardest heart recoils from the scene..." This powerful and poignant letter is in remarkable condition, with minor age toning and slight wear at corners/edges. Very fine.

    Joseph Warren Keifer was a brigadier general in the Union Army who also served many years as a member of the House of Representatives and as Speaker of the House. In 1861, Keifer joined the 110th Ohio Infantry and became its colonel. He served in the Eastern Theater, seeing action at the Battle of the Wilderness, as well as in the Overland Campaign, the Valley Campaigns of 1864 and the Siege of Petersburg.


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    February, 2010
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