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    Virginia Artilleryman's Letter Home Describes Gettysburg. Autograph Letter Signed, "James F. Newman", 4 pages, 4.5" x 7.75", Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia), July 19, 1863, to his wife. Written a little more than two weeks after the event, Newman's letter reads in part: "...I am well and come out of the fight unhurt...I have been through two hard fights and come out the same way...When we was in Pennsylvania we got aplenty of everything we wanted that was good to eate...a solid shot passed rite by my leg s and struck one of our men but did not hurt him much we had a hundred and eighty cannons all firing at the same time and the yankees about three hundred and the noise they made was beyond discribing I will leave you to imagine for yourself what the noise could have been...I was completely brokedown pore George was in the charge but I dont know whether he was killed wounded or not we took about 8 thousand prisners and picket Division went to Richmond with them...we was repulsed with heavy loss and had to fall back for more ammunition...If you only knew what I have suffered since I saw you you would be troubled to death...". Complete split across top fold with minute split along bottom fold. Light even aging, overall good condition. The author of this letter served in Captain Fry's Virginia Light Artillery and aptly describes here the great duel at Gettysburg. Newman was to be captured at Spottsylvania the following year and ended his was a prisoner at Fort Delaware. Unlike many of his comrades, he would survive the war, living until 1890.

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