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    Pennsylvania Father Writes Concerning the Death of Lt. David Henderson, Co. B, 5th Texas Inf., CSA , his son, at Gettysburg, July 2,1863. 4 pages, 4 7/8" x 8 1/8" folio, dated August 29th 1863. One of the most heart wrenching Civil War letters we've ever read. Bright crisp ink script, from Joseph Henderson, Derry Twp. Westmoreland Co. Pennsylvania to his nephew S. M. Henderson in Washington Co. Penna. The older Henderson had apparently relocated to Pennsylvania from Texas, his sons, however, apparently remained behind in Texas, and, in addition to the son killed at Gettysburg, he mentions another son "still in Texas" who is "engaged in making salt" which exempts him from military service. The elder Henderson expresses his nearly unbearable grief "I have been in the furnace of affliction before, this is the ninth child and a wife that I have buried." Henderson was apparently vehemently against his son joining the Confederate Army as he states "this tryal (sic) is a sore one as it is increased by his falling in rebel ranks, he must have been deluded very far and carryed (sic) away." Henderson further states that because of conflicting accounts of his son's death "I determined to go to Gettysburgh (sic) and try to find the facts and his last resting place" He was able to find an "old comrade who saw him fall" but "could not find the grave. It is a grievous sight to see the battlefield....the smell is yet offensive, some places as many as a hundred in one pit scarsely (sic) covered from sight...I hope this cruel war will soon be over that we may have peace again, as to the particulars of David's death he had been two years in the army and unhurt until the second day of the battle of Gettysburgh when he was shot through the bowels and died at 4 o'clock next morning, his comrades told me he was zealous in the cause of Rebellion, Oh the grief", again expressing his devastation that his son died in Confederate service. Perfect condition with the original cover. Truly a remarkable Gettysburg associated letter.

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