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    [Gettysburg Campaign]. Confederate Soldier's Letter. Two pages, 7.75" x 12", "Camp Near Middletown/In the Field," June 11, 1863, to his father two days before the Second Battle of Winchester. He writes, in part:

    "We are now at Middle Town 14 Miles from Winchester. I presume this forward movement of our Brigade is to prevent [Robert] Milroy from reinforcing Hooker, as you are aware Genl Lee has advanced and has been concentrating a heavy force at Culpeper Ct House. We have communications daily with Genl Lee. If Milroy has not separated his command and sent a portion of it to Hooker, it would not be advisable for us to attempt to force them from Winchester. There [sic] army at that point is reported to be 12 thousand strong, but deserters from their army at Winchester came into our lines & gave themselves up, said they were tired of fighting, & they never would have contended against us if they had not been drafted & forced into Service."

    He continues: "Our Picketts have a fight every day or so. It is reported, that Capt Stevenson & Capt Taylor...allowed the enemy to surprise their picketts...We have gained another Victory at Port Hudson. Genl Hill fought...Yankee forces at Culpeper and whiped [sic] them badly, so you perceive we have been thrashing them generally."

    Two days later at Winchester, the Confederate army would score another victory, clearing the Shenandoah Valley of any Federal obstacle and opening the door for Lee to attempt another invasion of the North. The tide, however, would turn in less than a month's time. Lee would suffer defeat at Gettysburg sounding the death knell for the southern cause, instigating a hasty retreat south, and ending any hope of European recognition of the Confederacy. Folds; light staining in the bottom half. Scattered foxing. Rear is moderately toned.


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