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    W. B. Anderson: Eleven 1862-63 Autograph Letters Signed, September 9, 1862-August 8, 1863, Cincinnati, Ohio, Maysville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee, 8" x 9.75". In these Civil War-era letters to his wife, Louisa, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Anderson, a riverboat captain who leased his craft to the U.S. government, describes his experiences steaming up and down the Ohio River and into its tributaries, transporting soldiers and supplies. In his October 21, 1862, missive from Cincinnati, he writes (in part): "I may be kept up the river several days. I will write you a long letter on our trip up and send it down by some boat to be mailed here. There was from 90 to 110 rebels killed at Augusta and but 15 of our men killed and half of them were burnt to death in their own houses. The best portion of the town is in ashes. All the loss is attributed to the cowardice of the captains in the gunboats, Florence Miller and Belfast. If they had stood their ground and shelled the rebels, the town and all in it would have been saved. The rebels carried off about 150 Union prisoners and all the horses and wagons, and store goods in town. I say to you to keep in good cheer for I am satisfied I am in a good safe place for our cannon will reach further than any that the rebels have. And I don't think there is any danger of them making another attack as there is nothing left worth taking, and since they committed that last act at Augusta, our forces have doubly increased all along the shore." Each letter is accompanied by the original envelope. Near fine to fine condition with original folds and minor wear.

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