Story H. Gates A.A.G. to Capt. Charles H. Herbert of the 16th New Hampshire Infantry Writes Home Enclosing “THE LAST RELIC OF SECESSIA AT NEW ORLEANS” – A Beautiful Sheet of Confederate Patriotic Stationery with 11 Star Confederate Flag
This is one of the prettiest sheets of Confederate stationery that we have seen. It is blue paper with a colorful Confederate flag in the upper left corner. Our writer Story H. Gates has written at the top “Last Relic”. In the body of the letter he tells his wife Sarah that he found it in New Orleans.
Story mustered into Company A of the 16th New Hampshire Infantry in October of 1862 and became the A.A.G. of Captain Charles H. Herbert, who was Commissary of Subsistence. Story would finish the war in the 1st New Hampshire Cavalry where he served as Sergeant.
The 16th New Hampshire Infantry was present at the fall of Port Hudson on July 9th, 1863. From there Story went south to New Orleans. Our letter is written from a suburb of New Orleans, Carrollton, LA. Here is the content:
- “Last Relic” My Dear Sara, TWO WEEKS SINCE I WAS AT PORT HUDSON AND AT THAT TIME THE FLAG WHICH IS REPRESENTED AT THE MARGIN OF THIS SHEET WAS WAVING IN DOUBTFUL TRIUMPH OF OVER ITS CITADEL.
- Since that time the department of the Gulf has been indeed prosperous. Victory has crowned our arms. Port Hudson has fallen & now that great life current of the west & south runs free from Rebel invasion.
- New Orleans feels indeed the relief which is afforded by the opening of the Mississippi. LAST NIGHT THERE WAS A GRAND OUTPOURING OF THE UNION AND WOULD BE UNION PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS. SPEECHES. MUSIC. TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION AND OTHER GRAND DEMONSTRATIONS OF PATRIOTISM COME OFF IN GRAND ORDER AND WITH EQUALLY GOOD SUCCESS. I was at the city and we had a good time indeed.
- I think that New Orleans is all right for the Union now. but a few days since things began to assume rather an unpleasant aspect. People thought that the siege would have to be raised & Port Hudson abandoned. But, as fortune has it the tide has turned & all is right.
- I am at work at my papers and have but little time to spare in writing. But AS I FOUND BY CHANCE THIS SHEET OF SECESH PAPER I THOUGHT I MUST JUST WRITE A FEW LINES.
- YOU CAN KEEP THIS AS THE LAST RELIC OF SECESSIA AT NEW ORLEANS. I sent you by mail a piece of Music entitled The Vacant Chair. Have you received it yet?
- I received your picture but it seems as if you look too sober. Do you really look so all the time? If you do, I shall surely have to come home and change that countenance to a smile. Could I do it?
- I have had more pictures made for I am filling an album & I have to give “an eye for an eye.”
- Enclosed you will find a copy of the last edition. It is not in full beard as I intended but people say that it is first rate and that it is a good representation of its subject. Now what think you? I am not in great flesh weighing but 138 but my health is first rate and so long as I feel well I don’t “Kare how thin I get or how black I am.”
- I don’t know to what post Capt. Herbert will be assigned, but hope we shall not have to go far this Summer. He is now at Port Hudson. I shall not be through with the papers for ten days or so.
- You had better not put all the money at int. for perhaps we may need some for some purpose. Perhaps when I come home I shant have any coat.
- Love to all. Write soon & often. Yours Affectionally, Story
- July 12, 1863. Carrollton, La.
A great, colorful “last relic” letter from New Orleans.
#L7-12-63 NH – Price $850