Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Union Soldier's 1864 Superlative Account of the Carnage at Cold Harbor Autograph Letter Signed in the hand of Private William H. Peckham of New Hampshire, a musician with the 2nd Brigade Band, 1st Division, 7 pages, 5" by 8", near Petersburg, Va., June 29, 1864; to "Friend Daniel." In Fine condition. With typed transcription. In part: "Our Band was stationed at the 18th Corps Hospital... You have no idea of the suffering & hardships of the wounded, at the battle of Cold Harbor our corps marched 15 miles & went right into the fight so they had no Hospital fitted up & when the wounded began to come in they had to carry the men in to the woods & fit up amputating tables, as best they could.., Serious wounds were attended & then they were laid out on the ground with nothing but a rubber blanket under them & a woolen blanket over & nothing more & some of them laid 3 days in the open before they were carried into the Hospital. I tell you Daniel I don't want to see another such sight as long as I live. Some of the men had one leg off some both some with arms off some with a bullet hole in the head & in every part of the body. It was a sickening sight but one gets used to it after a few days or at least I did & could stand by & see Surgeons take off a leg or arm & not mind it much... You know more about what is going on out here than we that are right out here for there are reporters all around & they can find out by the Officers all that is going on but we cannot unless we are right there..." From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 464

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage Auctions and Mr. Chad Reingold were...professional and courteous in all transactions and provided outstanding service in answering my many emails. I recommend them at the highest level.
    Killy M.,
    Melbourne Beach, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 September 21 - 22 The David and Janice Frent Collection Presidential &  Political Americana, Part VI Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 September 21 - 22 The David and Janice Frent Collection Presidential & Political Americana, Part VI Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $648,838