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    Assortment of Civil War-Era Letters and Forms. Comprised of nine letters, a muster roll (from Co. "C," 20th Illinois infantry), booklet on the Battle of Chickamauga, and a early twentieth century copy of a discharge spanning the years 1861 through 1912, the bulk of which is war dated. The usual age toning is seen. Items are in good or better condition.

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    Seven of the nine letters are from soldiers and include:


    H.S. Weston ALS. Four integral pages, 5" x 8", "Camp Pope," June 26, 1861, to his sisters describing the physical layout of the camp and drills. He talks about a man who was accidentally shot by a fellow soldier in a neighboring regiment. Weston was in Co. "B," 17th Illinois Infantry. Folds with a little separation and ink bleedthrough.


    Soldier's Letter. Four integral pages, 4.75" x 8", "Head Quarters 3d. Div. 2d A. Corps," March 21, 1863. Simply signed "George," to his brother. Says they have prepared to move, but have not as yet: "Gen. Grant is probably waiting and watching Lee's motions, and when he makes a move, we shall jump on him as a cat would a mouse." Discusses the merits of the Sanitary & Christian Commission before describing the execution of a deserter, of which he took part: "I happened to be one of the unlucky ones that had to shoot him. But we made a quick job of it, we put eight bullets through his Breast, and killed him almost instantly. . . . this man deserved it. He deserted from our Army and joined the Rebel Army, then deserted back . . . Such a man deserves death." Folds. Some ink bleedthrough.


    Harrison N. Carver Autograph Letter Signed. One and one-quarter page, 7.75" x 10", Triune [Tennessee], June 3, 1863, to his father. Shortly after Carver, with the 98th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, left Franklin, Tennessee, they could hear cannon fire when "news came that the Rebs had heard of our leaving & had made a dash on the place. But the garrison in the fort had held them in check . . . 300 rebs were taken prisoner." Some separation at the edge of the lower horizontal fold. Separation of the main horizontal fold has caused some paperloss.


    Daniel Teeter Autograph Letter Signed. Eight pages, 5" x 8", Illinois, February 19, 1868. Writing to a cousin that he has never met, he describes his mother and father and his upbringing. He ends by describing his children, including one son that served as a captain in the 34th Illinois Infantry and was wounded at the Battle of Stone River. Folds.


    M.C. Scuhy[?] Autograph Letter Signed. Three integral pages, 7.5" x 12", Bridgeport [Alabama], September 12, 1863, to his brother describing a recent march through a valley with a description of how the local people live. Folds. Ink blotting.


    C.C. Holbrook Autograph Letter Signed. Six pages, 5" x 7.75", Oxford [Ohio], January 21, 1866, giving a short history of the local chapter of the Delta Theta Delta fraternity. Folds with moderate separation. Toning.


    W.A. Town Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages of a bifolium, 7" x 9", February 26, 1875, to Capt. L. E. Crone inviting him to act as his aide during "the procession of the Hundredth Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington." Folds with minor separation.


    Col. Charles B. Stuart Autograph Letter Signed. Two and a half pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", on Stuart's Engineer Regiment letterhead, Virginia, October 1, 1861. Addressed simply to "Friend," Stuart writes that they are in camp "in the face of Rebels . . . I am acting as Brigadier General - having five Regiments of about 1000 men each, under my command & no other troops between us and the Rebels. . . . No one can tell where or when but a desperate battle must soon be fought near here." Small holes from ink burn. Folds.


    Union Soldier's Partial Autograph "Letter." Three pages, 5.25" x 7.75", n.p., n.d. States that 30 to 60 rebels drowned crossing a local river and they captured some sick rebels. Rebel deserters are "coming in all the time. . . . They are deserting by the hundreds." Folds. No first of final page.


    Copy of Discharge:


    Lt. N.S. Cavy Typed Discharge Signed. One page, 8.5" x 11", Gallipolis [Ohio], September 3, 1864, acknowledging the discharge of John H. Lochary from the 141st Ohio Infantry. Pencil notation on the lower edge dated circa 1912. Signed by Cavy in print. Folds; separating on the second page,


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