1st Conn. Hvy. Arty. soldier’s letter with flag remnants

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This is a great autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 4pp, from Fort Richardson, Va. On 6/19/64. Sergt. Edgar Bennett (Co.”K”. 1st Conn.Heavy Artillery) writes “There is a great battle progressing on the Rappahannock now, yesterday Fort Lyon near Alexandria was blown up killing 26 and wounding 14 but more are tought in the ruins. They are getting the NEGROES to fighting and I am glad of it. They have in service 35,800 NEGROES so the government will not want so many white soldiers from the North. There is no planting here as the soldiers would steal everything … milk is now two thirds water.”… Included with the letter are small silk remnants of the unit regimental flag and postally used cover. Bennett was later wounded in the hand by a saber cut and taken prisoner near Petersburg in March 1865. The 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery manned the famous “Dictator” mortar at the siege of Petersburg. This letter is in VF condition and has great content. This would look great in your collection.

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