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    Union Soldier's Letter with Rappahannock Station Battle Content. Three pages of a bifolium, 4.5" x 7.25", Camp Sedgwick, [Va.], November 21, 1863. A letter written by Private Marshall Smith, Co. B, 122nd New York Vols. [WIA Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864]. In part: "...we have been very busy for the last month. We have had drills, inspections, reviews yes even fights. In our fight at Rappahannock Station a part of our regiment was on the skirmish line while the remainder were supporting a battery. While we were in the rear of the battery a shell from a rebel gun burst in the midst of our company killing two men instantly [actually, three men were killed: Sgt. Philo Ruggles, and Privates Patrick Kelley & James Spurlock] & wounding 4 others. Lieut. Gilbert is wounded in the feet. I think not dangerously [Gilbert had both feet amputated]...we should have to go without our dinner for it rains so that we cannot cook it...yesterday...the whole of our Corps (the 6th) was out on a review by Maj. Gen. Sedgwick & 4 officers of the Royal British guards. They were very good looking fellows. I saw them as they passed close by me. Have you heard [from your] lost brother yet [Pvt. George E. Dibble, 12th Connecticut. Died June 5, 1863.]...I hope that you have heard from him ere this for I know that my sisters are anxious to hear from me every week & when they don't...they are sure to think that some mishap has befallen me. Your brother in the 2nd Corps [Private Augustus L. Dibble 14th Conn. Vols. WIA Antietam & Wilderness] is he well. I intended to have visited his Reg ere this but circumstances would not permit. They are some way from here & I cannot leave the company long enough to visit them...your friend...Marshall Smith." The original stamped transmittal cover is included.

    Condition: Slight ink smudging, usual mail folds, else good.


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