Civil War General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick War Date LS

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Civil War–dated LS boldy signed “Respectfully submitted, J. Kilpatrick, Lt. Col. Commanding,” three pages on two sheets, 7.75 x 10, April 20, 1862. This letter features altogether remarkable content from Kilpatrick’s first engagement with the rebel forces. This report was submitted to the governor of New York and reads in part written in another hand: “I have the honor to report that in the march from Catlett’s Station to Falmouth—a distance of 28 miles—the 2d New York Cavalry (popularly known as the Harris Light Cavalry) had the ‘front,’ and, as you have already learned, no doubt, met the enemy’s cavalry about 3 miles south of the Spotted Tavern, where my advanced guard received the first fire and charge of the Rebels, and where our men proved that they could not only receive, sustain, but return a charge. It was but a rush and a blow, and we saw the backs of our foe from that point to within a mile of Col. Lee’s camp. We skirmished with the enemy, driving him before us. Col. Lee’s whole force had left his camp to give us battle. I ordered Major Davies with his Battalion forward. Although this Battalion had not yet been engaged, they charged at a run and Lee’s cavalry was forced on fences into the woods in all directions to avoid the rush of our men and their biting sabres. We took several prisoners, killed and wounded five, and captured many horses. I regret to state that Lieut. Nelson J. Decker, of Co. D, fell at the head of his men, at the site of the rebel camp—a brave soldier and more gallant gentleman the Army does not furnish.”

In fine condition. This is a fantastic piece of history and would be a welcome addition to any collection.

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Union Naval Commander Samuel Francis Du Pont War Date ALS

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Civil War-dated ALS signed “S. F. Du Pont,” one page, 5.25 x 8, November 9, 1864. Letter to Admiral Porter, in part: “I believe Mr. Sawyer has already presented himself to you. It gives me pleasure however to say that I knew him well while I commanded the South Atl. Squadron, and that I always found him an intelligent gentleman, accurate in his reports, and ever desirous…in all matters connected with them.” In fine condition. Highly suitable for framing.

Union naval officer (1803–1865) who made significant contributions to the modernization of the US Navy, despite being blamed for the Union’s failure at Charleston.

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Admiral David D. Porter War-Date Autograph Letter Signed


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Civil War-dated ALS, one page, lightly-lined, 8 x 10, October 24, 1863. Letter to the superintendent of the Eaglewood Military Academy, in part: “I enclose you a check for 48 61/100…for clothing…for my son Theodoric…I will send him a double barrel gun if it is not against the rules of the school or academy. Will you please let me know.” Attractively double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Porter. In fine condition. 

Admiral (1813–1891) who helped improve the Navy as the superintendent of the US Naval Academy after significant service in the American Civil War. 

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Civil War Dated ALS-Abraham Lincoln

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Civil War–dated ALS signed “Wm. Henry Shelton,” three pages both sides, 5 x 7.5, April 9, 1864. Letter describing an encounter with Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. In part: “Monday evening I heard Edwin Forest as Macbeth at Ford’s theater. The royal family occupied a box and formed the main attraction between the scenes. Mrs. Lincoln had a lady friend with her and each was clad in a real ermine cape surmounted by a white hat and feather…It is not expected that I should speak of the clothes of Abraham the father…I was a little surprised on the next evening at the German Opera to see the Lincoln family again. A gentleman who sat next to me said rather sneeringly that he believed the president attended the theater instead of going to church. I told him that perhaps we ought to be at church instead. He said every man was his own judge of that, and added ‘old Abe included.’”

Matted and framed with a plaque and partial transcription to an overall size of 26 x 13, with a window in the backing for viewing the reverse. The frame itself has some marks and wear and is not new. In fine condition.

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Civil War ALS Battle of Gaines Mill

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Manuscript copy of the report by Major John C. Meginnis of the 18th NY Vols on the Battle of Gaines Mill, six pages, lightly-lined, 8 x 10, July 5, 1862. In part: “Enemy in front commenced shelling our camp. One of the shells exploded in front of our regt…the battle was raging…our right companies received a terrific fire of grape and canister, the men lying down and receiving the fire with great coolness…discovered the enemy approaching in force…he remarked that ‘they were coming’ when he was hit by a rifle ball and killed instantly. I then gave the order to open fire…enemy had succeeded in turning our right flank…my men have expended all their ammunition…lost the most of our men…the 31st NYV poured a volley onto us from out rear.” 

This is probably the most extensive and detailed account of the Battle Of Gaines Mill that I have ever seen. Perfect for the collection and in fine condition.

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Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham War-Date Autograph Letter Signed

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A fascinating Civil War-dated ALS signed “W. C. Wickham,” four pages, lightly-lined on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, no date but circa 1863. A letter to Lucy, in part:

“I have received orders to move up to Culpepper C. H. to be held in reserve in case a large cavalry force should be required there. It is awful use then in which to move and as my wagons are all out I shall wait a day or two before I get out, not leaving here before Thursday or Friday morning. You can not tell how painful this order was to me as it takes me so much further from you all. Where I am I feel as if you are near me all the time…I must make the best I can of it and be contented. My pen and ink get on so laboriously that I have to move to the pencil. On yesterday I went down to see Gen. Stuart and stayed with him yesterday on account of the storm, coming back today. I had a very pleasant visit. I am very fond of the Gen. and like him more and more every time am with him. Cook had been to Hayfield a few days before and says your uncle Wm. is better but quite feeble. The Yankees are withdrawing a large portion, if not the whole of their forces from before Fredericksburg but what is their purpose I have no idea. Stuart is evidently anxious for a northward trip but I do not think he has force enough to do anything efficient. Gen. Lee through he has unbounded influence over him outside of his powers to control him will keep him in check and not allow him to make the expedition unless he is satisfied that it will be right.”wickham5

In fine condition with scattered toning, staining and paper loss. This letter provides an incredible window into the Virginia Campaign and is an important piece of history. Rarely do we get such a detailed and personal glimpse into the life of an important Confederate Cavalry Commander such as this. Photo not included.

After incurring wounds at Williamsburg and then later at Sharpsburg, a convalescing Wickham and his regiment marched headlong into the battles of Chancellorsville, Brandy Station and Gettysburg. Ordered to move to the Culpepper Court House as a means of support for Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s headquarters, Wickham was promoted to brigadier general in September of 1863. 

Wickham was a Judge, politician, and an important Confederate cavalry general (1820–1888) who fought in the Virginia campaigns during the Civil War.

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Civil War Battle of Gettysburg ALS

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A letter in pencil, 4 pages on two sheets, 4 3/4 X 7.5″, Wheatland, July 4, 1863, in part: “We got here safely without being mistaken by the Rebels though they seemed to be in hot pursuit all the time. I have seen quite as many of the boasted sons of our Southern States, as I have any desire to see, unless I could see them marched back as prisoners…They seem to be concentrating their forces at Gettysburg, and have been fighting there for three days. The last account we had, our men were gaining and have taken six thousand prisoners…My friends have all lost considerable property, but feel willing for a still greater sacrifice, if it is needed to close this war…This is the 4th of July. I hope before the close of the day, we may duly celebrate it by sending up our sheets with those of our victorious army, & that the present struggle may end in a decisive victory to our forces”. Overall very good. The writing is a tad light but very much legible.
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Autograph Letter Signed Battle of Gaines Mill

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ALS in pencil by John S. Burr, signed “John S. B.,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, July 4, 1862. Letter home to his parents from City Point, Virginia, describing the Battle of Gaines Mill. In part: “We are now on the banks of the James River. We were engaged in a heavy Battle on the Chickahominy last Friday June 27th. Our Regt were on the left wing and rec’d the heaviest fire for nearly three hours. The Enemy were three times our number and finally we were obliged to fall back. I tell you it is a grand as well as awful sight. Bullets flying in every direction cannon balls tearing up the Earth and shells bursting over our heads. The greatest wonder to me that no more get hurt. There was seven shot in our Co none of them are dead yet.” Great content. 

In fine condition, with intersecting folds with tiny edge separations and light soiling.

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CONFEDERATE LETTER PETERSBURG CAMPAIGN

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This is an amazing handwritten letter by Confederate Sgt. Thomas W.G. Inglet, Co. C., 28th Georgia Infantry. He wrote this letter during the seige of Petersburg on May 28th, 1864. I have added a photo of the entire transcript so please review that content. In one line he writes “My dear wife we have lost 30 or forty boys out of our regt an one out of our company uphear it was Robbert Autry Poor little Bob he got his thigh broke an fell an then a yankee run up to him an ses to him god dam you I will finish you an shot bob through his side but did not kill him as he shot too far to one side but I don’t think Bob can live.” The soldier Sgt. Inglet is referring to is Robert Autry. He grew up in Spalding County GA and enlisted on 9/10/1861 as a Private. Autry died of his wounds on July 1, 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Sgt. Inglet, who wrote this letter, was severly wounded when he was shot in the right leg on October 7th, 1864.

Overall size is 19 X 25.5. This is an incredible piece of history and would be a great addition to your civil war collection. It has great war content with a wonderful print and it should be proudly displayed on your wall. This comes beautifully and professionally custom framed, air tight, using only museum quality materials i.e. acid free mat board and backing, ultra-violet protection glass, etc. The frame is made with high quality, beautifully finished mahogany wood. I will consider all reasonable offers!

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44th OHIO INFANTRY 1861 Letter

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This is a nice ALS from Charles S. Ramsay of the 44th Ohio Infantry Band. Accompanied by cover. Written in pencil and datelined ”Camp Enyart Oct 27th, 1861,” letter reads in part: ”…The night after I wrote my last letter to you, there were some frightened men about camp. The report got out that the camp was to be attacked that night about half past seven. The guard at the Spring fired at some of the men who were just returning from off picket guard and they imagined that they were attacked and came down the hill crying ‘To Arms!’ The whole camp was soon all excitment. The Zouaves were all out and equiped and in line onside of three minutes. Some of them were wonderfully excited. We are getting used to rumoured attacks. The same report goes the rounds everyday in some form or other. Nearly every boat that goes up the river is fired into. Our scouts that started out after the firing into the boat I mentioned in my last letter captured one of the cavalrymen and brought him into camp. They have captured several prisoners since we have been here…Two weeks have almost been numbered with the past since I bid you good bye. They have been long ones…” The 44th Ohio Infantry served primarily in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, and contributed to a rout of Confederate forces at Dutton’s Hill, Kentucky. Charles S. Ramsay mustered into service as a musician on 8 October 1861 and mustered out on 8 October 1862 at Covington, Kentucky. Letter measures 5” x 8”. Fine condition.

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1st SC Lt. Arty./ Fort Sumter/ Battery Bee soldier’s letter

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This is a very nice Confederate autograph letter Signed, 2 pp., approx. 8″ x 12 1/2″, from Sullivan’s Island, Battery Bee, on July 20th/64. The soldier, Clark Eldridge ( Co.D, 1st SC LightArtillery), writes girlfriend on romantic matters at first and then it moves into fascinating military information. For full transcript of letter please see scans. Confederate letters written from the forts surrounding Charleston Harbor are very rare and uniqueas these forts witnessed the greatest artillery barrage on any fort in U.S. history! This is in very fine condition. Great Civil War letter for your rare Confederate collection.

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Battle of Gettysburg Autograph Letter Signed *Great Content*

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Here is a fantastic Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 4 pages 5 X 7 from Washington, DC (Carver Hospital) 8/16/63. Soldier William A. Clark (Co. C, 17th Connecticut Infantry) writes to his family pertaining to the Battle of Gettysburg and unit casualties.

“… There is going to be a General inspection of the Hospital this coming week.All those that are able to go into the field will be sent right away and those that are not fit for field duty will be put into the Second Battalion of the Invalid Corps…4 of the boys that was wounded…died after I left the field… their names…(was) Francis J. Benson of Brookfield, wounded in the thigh breaking his leg. I was sitting within 2 feet of him when it was done. (He) died on the 16 of July, wounded the 2nd of July. Then there was Joseph Whitlock of Ridgefield…(his) arm was taken off, died the 16th. Rufus Warren died the 16. I saw his burial has taken place in Ridgefield…Daniel H. Purdy of Sherman. He was shot through the bowels and the ball came out at the bottom of the shoulder blade, died 16 (July). Also Smith Delevan is put down as missing. He was killed the first day’s fight. This is all the deaths as far as I know of since the battle..”

Overall Very Fine condition. A rare and incredible glimpse into one of the largest and most famous American battles ever fought.

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Civil War 60th New York Infantry Battle of Antietam ALS

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Featured here is an incredibly rare and stunning account of the Battle and Aftermath of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American History. 4 pages, 5 X 7, written from Camp Loudon Hts. On 10/9/62. Soldier John D. Stevens of company K, 60th NY Infatry writes in dark ink that “the battle on the 17th saw men fall in every direction. We did not get one killed, only one man, out of the company. We had some wounded. There are some got their finger shot off. I never got a touch at all, but it got shot round us. The bomb shells cut the tops of the trees right off. The limbs fell all around us and the pieces of shells. The next day the Rebels turned black as a nigger. We saw some without any head. Some without any arms. Some without any legs. Some shot through their guts. The battle was in the cornfield. There was a rebel to every corn hill. Their field was covered with Rebels and where we, we was, in the woods were covered with the Rebels and our men, too. And the ground was black with them. It took hard to see them lay there bleeding to death.”

Accompanied with the amzing letter is the postally used cover. This provides a detailed account of the aftermath of the bloodiest single day of the War. One of the best Antietam letters I have seen.

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Civil War 53rd PA Inf.soldier’s letter/ Spotsylvania/ MWIA Petersburg

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Featured here is a fascinating account of the aftermath of the Battle of Spotsylvania. This is a nice autograph letter signed, 3 pages, 5” X 7”, Camp near Po(e) River, 5/21/(64). Soldier William Smith (Co. E, 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry, wounded 6/16/64, Petersburg, VA, died of wounds 7/18/64) writes to his father in dark ink on a military imprint (eagle/ 4th Brig., 1st. Div., 2nd A.Corps) lettersheet about the Battle of Spotsylvania, C.H.

“…Father, I was in five fights already but the last fight made me feel sick when the fight was over and when we pass over the battlefield the dead and the wounded was laying that thick. We could hardly walk over the field. Some of them had the head shot off and some of them the leg and arms off and the horses was split in two pieces. I can tell you I look hard I found the nicest Bible that you ever saw in your life time. I read it every day. I found it on the battlefield . I got save through so far. I hope to God I may get save through all the fight. Father, you had stated in your letter about a “teem”. I can have a “teem” in June.  Some times Samuel Snyder(Co. E, 53rd PA Inf.) has a “teem” and his time will be up in June some time then I take his place. Daniel Artman(Co. E, 53rd PA Inf.)  send his best respect to you all… To you and my friends I was 21 years old on the 14 of May…”

Contains the usual folds and few repaired small tears, otherwise fine to very fine condition.

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Civil War Letter 123rd NY-Atlanta Campaign

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Featured here is a great autograph letter signed, 3 pages, 5” X 7”, near Atlanta, Georgia, 8/21/64. Soldier Harlan P. Martin ( Co. “E”, 123rd New York Infantry) writes to his mother:

“…the batteries keep up their firing on the city all the time… the rebels have received reinforcements from Virginia…James Beatty of Co. “H” from Salem was killed while on the skirmish last Thursday. Shot through the body by a rebel sharpshooter. The boys have to be very careful on picket now not to expose themselves for if they do, some rebel sharpshooter is sure to be laying in wait for them and pick them off…Old Sherman knows what is best. The rebel prisoners think they have enough left for a couple of more killings. They call the battles before Atlanta, slaughtering off, and think a couple of more will kill them all off…The 4th of September will make us two years in the service..”

A fascinating letter with the original postally used cover included. Overall very fine condition.

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17th IL Inf. soldier’s letter/ BATTLE OF BELMONT, MO

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Featured is a fascinating and historic  Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 4 pages (5” X 7”) written from Bird’s Point (MO) 11/13/61). The soldier is James R. Clark, Co. F, 17th IL Inf. And he writes his wife on patriotic (allegoric females) lettersheet about the battle. For full transcription of the letter, please see scan. Some aging otherwise Fine condition. Wonderful content about the early war Battle of Belmont, MO!

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5th VT Inf. SOLDIERS LETTER/ 1862 SHENANDOAH VALLEY CAMPAIGN

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This is a great Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 4 pages, approx. 4″X 6″, from Camp Griffin, Va. 1/7/62. Soldier is John C. Sunderlin (Co.I, 5th VT Inf., wounded 12/13/62 Fredericksburg,Va.) writes wife that he is recovering from illness. “It is reported that Genl. Jackson (“Stonewall”) with a force of 5000 men to attack a force of 3000 men of Gen. Banks, men who have crossed the river…Our men were called out sometime before day light to go on a scout but it accounted to nothing” etc.  Overall Very Fine.  Good content.

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BATTLE OF THE CRATER–4th NJ Arty. soldier’s letter

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This is an absolutely superb Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 4 pages near Petersburg 8/13/64. The soldier is Henry Smith (4th NJ Light Arty.) and he writes his wife about the hard fighting around Petersburg. They have been “undermining the forts & then blowing the Rebs up & would have done a fine thing of it if the niggers had held their ground. But the Black Devils broke & run before they got into (the) fight. But we are gaining ground on the Rebs at Petersburg all the time and I think they can’t hold out a great while longer. Last night we took a whole line of breastworks from them…”, “not easy to be well when eating only hard tack and fat pork etc”…. Letter is in fine condition and easy to read. Smith signs with great military directions for writing back. Excellent content here and an incredible account of the Battle of the Crater!

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25th OHIO INFTRY SOLDIERS LETTER/ 2ND MANASSAS

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This is an incredible Autograph Letter Signed with great Battle content regarding 2nd Manasass. Size is 1 1.2 pages, 8” X 10” from Washington DC 9/10/62. The soldier, Howard Hallette of Co. I, 25th Ohio Infantry (wounded 5/8/62 McDowell, Va.), writes his father that he has passed safe through hardest battle he has ever fought, goes on to say “rebels has a cross fire on them, one with grape and canister and other with infantry so they “were in a mighty hot place”.  Great historical letter. Overall very fine condition.

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4th TN Cav. Forrest’s Division soldier’s letter and cover

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This is a remarkable Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 4 pages at Camp Fork, 5/11/63. The soldier, A. Anderson (Co.”B”, 4th TN Cav./ Forrest’s Div.) writes his wife  in legible pencil while recovering from a wound on his neck. Incredible content letter. I have probably read this 50 times. For full transcription, please see scan. 

Letter comes with the original postal cover with the soldier’s ID and manuscript “Due 10” with a McMinnville, Ten. 5/15/63 hand-stamped postmark. This item is in overall Very Fine condition. This is a wonderful piece of history and it would be very exciting to learn more about this soldier.

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Battle Of Cedar Creek Soldier’s letter

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This is an historic Autograph Letter Signed (ALS) in Camp near Middletown (VA) 10/22/64. 4 Pages, soldier (unclear name) writes “… the Rebs attacked us in the morning of the 19th and drove us about one mile and captured 10 pieces of arty. We turned on them and captured 40 pieces and 3,000 prisoners and one hundred wagons. They went back a flying… I don’t think they will attack us again… we lost one man killed and two wounded…we have captured about 100 pieces of arty. since we come up in the valley… I heard that Henry was dead…”etc.

This letter is a wonderful first-hand account of the Battle of Cedar Creek. This is written in part ink and part pencil as soldier (possibly from Masss.) writes in the end of the letter that he “spilt my ink and had to finish my letter in pencil.” Fine condition and would be a great addition to your Civil War collection.

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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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20th Maine Henry Sidelinger Letter

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This is an original handwritten letter by Henry F. Sidelinger of the famed 20th Maine Regiment who fought on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg. He is writing to his dad about his promotion to Captain in K Company of the 20th, dated February 21st, 1864 roughly 7 months after fighting at Gettysburg.During the battle of Gettysburg, Sidelinger commanded company E alongside Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. This is a wonderful document for the Civil War and Gettysburg Collector. The document is 1 page, clearly legible and signed Henry at the bottom. On the reverse of the letter features his name and rank with 20th Maine.This piece is 100% Authentic and is Pre-certified PSA/DNA by Brian and Maria Greene, Inc. I also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee with all my items.

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Confederate George M. Setzer Letter KIA Pickets Charge *Garnett’s Division*

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1 Setzersetzer 3This is an original letter home written by George M. Setzer, an 18 year-old carpenter in Company F of the VA 18th Infantry. He was a soldeir in Richard B. Garnett’s division. He was killed on 7/3/1863 during Pickett’s charge along with his commander, General Garnett and many of his comrades. The letter is 4 pages long and is in very good condition. Writing is light but very legible. The letter is dated April 18th, 1863, roughly 3 months before he was killed at Gettysburg.  Also comes with the original postal envelope! Please see transcript pictured at the end of the photos to read the entire letter. This is a fascinating letter that provides a window into the life of a common soldier who was killed in one of the greatest battles in American history. This would be a great addition to your Civil War Collection.

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