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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item UL2038: Letter, Great News of Rebel Defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg

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UL2038

Letter, Great News of Rebel Defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi

4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by J.N. McBee, to his children.

Putnam, O.[hio], July 8, 1863

Dear Children,

Yours of week before last was received on Wednesday and the letter to Harry mailed the same day. We had one from Newton about the date of yours- none from John since I wrote you last. We are well though Mother has just recovered from an attack of neuralgia. Mother & I were at Dillson Monday last from noon till night. I guess it was that cured her though she was...  

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1862 Letter to Joseph E. Brown, Governor of Georgia

Extremely rare communication detailing "a plan for making a new kind of [Confederate] gun that we will call a packet cannon!"

2 pages, 7 3/8 x 9 1/2, in ink, written by J. Henry Hammond, (12th Georgia Artillery) to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown, with a diagram of the gun at the center of page 1.

Camp Jackson, Savannah, [Ga.], Feb. 24th, 1862

To his Excellency

Jos. E. Brown

Dear Sir,

Below find a plan for making a new kind of gun that we will call a "Packet Cannon." It...  

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UL2037

10th Connecticut Infantry Letter

1863 Siege of Charleston

Firing on Fort Sumter

Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina


4 pages, 5 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Benjamin Wright, to his wife.

"on the morning of the 17th August 1863 the siege of Charleston commenced. Our batteries opened at daylight. Apparently the Rebís all the later part of the night had made up their minds something was up. Forts Johnson & Gregg fired as though they were mad. Our siege opened in fine shape fairly making things howl around [Forts] Wagner & Gregg and...  

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10th Connecticut Infantry Letter

4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Benjamin Wright, to his wife Abbie.

Camp 10th Regt. C.[onnecticut] V.[olunteers], Morris Island, [S.C.], Aug. 10th, 1863

My Dear Abbie,

This is an oppressively hot day, the sweat is pouring off me like rain. I came down off picket this morning early, washed up and put on some clean clothes. When we went out it was understood we were only to stay five days. Our time in that case would be up tomorrow night, but we hear we are going to stay five days more. If we do have to I...  

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2nd Mississippi Cavalry Letter

"Tell Bob he ought to have been with us at Corinth. He thought he heard the cannons roar up in Tennessee, but he did not hear anything to what it was up at Corinth."

3 pages, 6 1/4 x 8, written in a bold and neat pencil hand by Sergeant B.J. Caldwell, Co. G, 2nd Mississippi Cavalry, to his wife.

Camp Near Salem, [Miss.], October the 16th, 1862

Dear Wife,

I again take my pencil in hand to drop you a few lines to let you hear from me again. I have no news to write on. Tom [is] well & doing very...  

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5th Maine Infantry Letter

Written by Major Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General for gallant conduct during the Civil War!

1862 eight page letter with original cover signed twice by Major Edwards with excellent content defending the Army of the Potomac and citing some of their recent battles!

"we had one hundred & fifty thousand men, the finest army the world ever saw, but where is it now. The remnants are here, but the largest...  

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UL2025

Letter Written by a Soldier in the 32nd Ohio Infantry

On a very rare patriotic letter sheet with Union gunboats and a quote from the Rebel newspaper, The Richmond Dispatch

2 pages, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2, in ink, and signed with regimental identification.

There is a battle scene at the top of the letter sheet with Union ironclad gunboats bombarding a Confederate fort. Includes the following imprint: "There is no disaster of the present war which it is so difficult to bear with any degree of patience or philosophy, as the almost uniform success of the enemy's gunboats on our land batteries....  

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CL546

Extremely Rare 1861 Letter, Sex in the Civil War Era

The author of this letter attended and witnessed and writes about a "Whore Ball" in Huntsville, Alabama!

Also includes content regarding famous Presbyterian clergyman, Frederick A. Ross, who had a national feud with the famous Methodist preacher William G. Brownlow of Tennessee!


4 pages, 5 1/8 x 8 1/4, in in ink, written by W. Mastin to his friend Tom.

Huntsville, [Alabama], Jany. 18th [1861]

Dear Tom,

I suppose you think Bob Shields* was very near true when he said I was a very poor...  

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1862 Confederate Business Letter From Augusta, Georgia Regarding Cotton

Folded letter used as the envelope to mail the correspondence from Augusta, Ga. to Graniteville, S.C.


7 1/2 x 8 1/2, in ink, written by B.S. Dunbar to Messrs. J.J. Gregg & Co. in Graniteville, South Carolina. The letter which bears the date line of Augusta, (Ga.), Dec. 3d, 1862 discusses the cotton business. It is signed, "Very Truly, B.S. Dunbar." The letter was folded in such a way as to create a blank panel that was used in the same way that an envelope would be used to address the letter to the recipient....  

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1863 Confederate Artillery Letter, Ashland, Virginia Light Artillery

Writes of the Great Christian Revival in the Army of Northern Virginia not long after the battle of Gettysburg!


4 pages, 5 x 7 1/4, in ink, written by Private Philip Samuel Mosby, to his sister, Polly G. Woodson. Very neat and well written Confederate letter.

Orange Ct. House, [Virginia] Aug.19th, 1863

My Dear Sister,

I joyfully received you kind favor of the 22nd of July and hasten to reply the morning after getting it. I got one of the same date from Nancy, and it really looked to me that...  

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5th Maine Infantry Letter

Written by Captain Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General for gallant conduct during the Civil War!

1861 letter with excellent references to the 1st Battle of Bull Run, Virginia


(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine. He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission...  

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32nd Massachusetts Infantry Letter

Written by an officer wounded in action during the battle of Gettysburg!

1 1/2 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, written by Captain Ezra S. Farnsworth, to Chaplain James Eastwood.

Head Quarters, 3d Brigade, 1st Div., 5th Corps, March 10th, 1865, Near Hatcher's Run, Va.

Friend Eastwood,

I arrived from Mass.[achusetts] on the 1st day of March and here I am ready for action again.* I should have called and seen you on my return if I had had time, but I did not have the time. Everything seems about the same in...  

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