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    [Death of Col. Elmer Ellsworth]. Union Soldier Albert H. Trescott Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Transmitting Two Souvenirs. Four pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", on patriotic stationery featuring the image of Col. Elmer Ellsworth, one of the first casualties of the war shot while removing a Confederate flag from a Virginia hotel, "Camp Webb," November 16, 1861. Writing to friends, the young Rhode Islander, a member of Battery "E," 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, describes the defenses around Washington and his impression of Alexandria, Virginia. Riding a caisson, Trescott crosses "Long Bridge which is well guarded by soldiers who at each end demand a pass and any one caught without one suffers in the trenches in Va." After entering Virginia, Trescott has the opportunity to "examine a fortification thrown up by the Rebels to cover cannon which were placed on the Va end to command the Bridge. We passed several earthworks on our route . . . all looking savagely on the land of secesh."

    Once in Alexandria, he passes "the place of Col. Ellsworth's murder" and soon finds himself in a Union camp "now pleasantly situate under the guns of Forts Ellsworth, Taylor & Lyons. These command the Potomac and all the land passes to Washington and contain from 30 to 50 guns mostly '32 pounders.'" Trescott and his brigade made a reconnoitering expedition six miles beyond their lines and found themselves at Pohick Church, "where Genl. Washington worshipped, and has until late been used for religious purposes. I enclose you a piece that came from the altar. It is now nearly cut up inside."

    Apparently, Trescott forgot to include the piece from the church and sent a second letter (written on a transmittal envelope), reading: "You will probably recollect that I wrote you I would send you a piece of Pohick Church. I forgot to put it in but send it now with a small piece of the Bedstead on which [James W.] Jackson the murderer of Col Ellsworth slept." Accompanying the note are the two relics: the first, a piece of wood measuring 1.75" x .5" bears a pencil inscription reading, "Washington / Pohick"; the second, 1.25" in length is just a long splinter of wood. James W. Jackson was the proprietor of the Virginia hotel, Marshall House, who was subsequently killed by Francis Brownell, a member of Ellsworth's 11th New York Zouaves.

    Usual folds with spots of light foxing and staining. Unfortunately for Trescott, he died of disease several months after sending his final letter.


    Estimate: $800 - up.

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