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    One of the most moving and poignant Civil War letters we've ever cataloged.

    Confederate Civil War Soldier Letter Describing a Comrade's Death. 6" X 9" crisp bright ink script, written on a salvaged blank Federal pay roll ledger form, by a Confederate soldier "you brother till death David Roper", headed "Jan. The 22 1864 Camp near Morristown, Tenn." Reporting on the death of "Anderson" (possibly his brother) who was "ciled at the foot of the Lookout Mountain". Further reports that "he was ciled the 5th of October.... Shot through the head. The ball went in just over his left eye and come out just behind his right ear....we had to leave without burying him....I got permission to stay with him and done so till he was buried. I had him put away nice as I could under the present circumstances. I could not get a coffin but I found some old planks, and I had them put round him the best I could and had him laid in a notable place where I could point out the spot for years to come if I should live. The Yankees has the ground now where he is." All the tragedy and honor that characterized the 'lost cause' in a single paragraph. Perfect condition, archivally mounted and framed.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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