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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