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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