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    Phillip Williams, Jr. Autograph Letter Signed. Four integral pages, 5" x 8", "Near Falmoth," Virginia, December 7, 1862, written to his wife shortly after the second occupation of the town by Federal forces. In the letter, he discusses the goings-on around camp, his health, and the local cuisine: "we have made soup out of cattles feet, we cut them up...and washed them, and then boiled them tender, then we broake [sic] our hard Bread into them...they went first rate...we can eate [sic] most any thing that is eattable [sic] out here, things that we would hardly look at at home."

    Falmouth, located near the Rappahannock River, was occupied from April until August, 1862 and again from November, 1862 until June, 1863 by Union forces, including the 20th Maine to which Williams belonged. Folds are toned and starting to weaken, causing slight separation at the bottom edge and at the intersection of the folds, with no damage to the text.

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