1865 - SurrenderUnion Broadside: "New Year's Address to the Soldiers of Sherman's Grand Army" with a Soldier's Letter on the Reverse. Measuring 9.5" x 15", this large broadside features a poem in eight stanzas by Private R.M. Woodruff of Co. "D," 30th Illinois Infantry, telling of the capture of Savannah, Georgia, and other exploits of Gen. William T. Sherman's army.
On the verso is a letter from Private James Neuman of Co. "C," 150 New York Infantry, written in pencil from Savannah, dated January 1, 1865. Writing less than two weeks after the capture of the Georgia city to a Mr. and Mrs. Tripp, Neuman gives his account of his regiment's part in the action, in part: "We came in front of the city Dec. 10 and was saluted with a few 6" Shells - which only caused us veterans to laugh after having been dosed pretty heavily at Atlanta with 64 Pounders. Our Company was detached from the Regiment and sent out foraging. . . . We joined the Regiment at night & proceeded the following morning to Argyle Island in the mouth of the Savannah River where we remained until the surrender of the city. We had one skirmish with the Rebels in which our Col. was wounded in the thigh, one Company lost one man killed by a shell from a Rebel gunboat. We was ordered back in the edge of the city where we now are." Neuman was promoted to corporal less than three months later.
Separation of the folds has been archivally repaired on the verso; some minor loss of paper at the intersections of the folds. Left and right edges show some minor chipping. Verso (with the letter) is soiled in places with spots of staining. Text is bright.
Estimate: $900 - $1,200.
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