Sale 17BP01 | Lot 159

[CIVIL WAR - UNION] Group of soldier's letters and miscellaneous signed items and photographs.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs

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Lot 159
[CIVIL WAR - UNION] Group of soldier's letters and miscellaneous signed items and photographs.
Various places, dates, etc., Soldier's letters include: a letter from a member of the 2nd Brigade dated 14 December 1862, one day following the Battle of Fredericksburg: "a terrible scene, worse than Antietam ... against sharp shooters, shells and grape and cannister ... I trust no more front attacks will be ordered. It is wholesale, gross and wanton butchery"; A partial letter dated 20 September 1862 from the same writer, seems to describe the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam: "I have not had my clothes off for two whole weeks not even my boots more than twice within that time ... I do not believe since the war began the Rebels have been pushed so hard or suffered more... the scenes are perfectly awful we have been employing whole regts in burying their dead..."; a letter written from a Captain at Camp Bradley, Clarkesville, Tennessee on 26 December 1861, reports "we are upon the eve of a big fight, there are large bodies of troops on both sides near to each other in Kentucky and we are expecting every day to hear of bloody conflict."; a letter dated 19 July 1862 from along the James River contains "when we fought that desperate bloody battle of Fair Oaks ... we were only 6 miles from Richmond the right of our line was within 2 1/2 miles of Richmond"; Signed items and ephemera include: a printed leaflet dated 22 December 1862 distributed to the Army of the Potomac after the Battle of Fredericksburg signed in print by Lincoln; an 1864 Lincoln campaign ribbon from Athens County, Ohio; a collection of about 20 signed items mostly affixed to mounts and with accompanying descriptive texts (includes examples of General Gilman Marston, General Robert Patterson, General L.B. Cesnola, and 3 items signed by Fletcher Webster, son of Daniel and Civil War Colonel killed at 2nd Bull Run); two document signed by Gideon Welles, Rufus Ingalls, a quotation signed by Charles Sumner, a sheet signed by Edward Everett, a post-war autograph letter signed by Union General Franz Sigel, a clipped signature of the statesman Hamilton Fish, other clipped signatures and various CDV and engraved portraits, a few books, etc; The soldier's letters generally handled and worn and a few with stains, the later items generally sound, should be seen, sold as is.


Estimate: $500 - $800
Sold for $2,812 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $500 - $800
Sold for $2,812 (includes buyer's premium)

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Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs

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