One of Our Best Confederate Covers Along with a Captured Union Patriotic Letter Sheet – Abram C. Pendleton Co. K, 50th Virginia Infantry
This cover is “picture perfect”. At the top in nice dark ink is our soldier’s I.D. Below, a perfect “FRANKLIN DEPOT, Va. Sept. 18th, 1863” postmark and to the left, “DUE 10”. Abram is writing his father Mr. John Pendleton, Meadows of Dan, Patrick County, Virginia.”
|The captured Union patriotic has a red engraving showing a Union soldier with sword and standing on a Confederate flag. The letter is written in pencil, quite light but all readable and has a few age stains. Together, the cover and letter make for a great display.
Abram C. Pendleton enlisted on June 22nd, 1861 into Co. K of the 50th Virginia Infantry. One year after writing this letter Pendleton was killed at the Battle of Winchester, Va., prior to that he had been wounded in the Wilderness. Here is the content:
- Camp Near Charleston, Kananka Co., Va. Sept. the 14th, 1863. Dear Father, It is with pleasure I seat myself to let you know I am well at this time hoping these few lines will come to hand safe and find you all well as usual.
- I received your letter today of the 8th which gave me great satisfaction to hear from you all in this troublesome time. We are about a mile below Charleston at this time. We will leave here in a day or two.
- WE HAD FIGHT AT FAYETTE COURT HOUSE AND DRIVING THEM BEFORE US ABOUT FIFTY MILES, BURNING UP THOUSANDS OF COMMISSARY STORES.
- WE CAPTURED A GREAT MANY THINGS, 2 OR 3 HUNDRED WAGONS. WE HAVE A GREAT QUANTITY OF SALT AT THIS TIME IN OUR POSSESSION.
- WE PURSUED THEM SO SHORT THEY HAD NO TIME TO GET ANYTHING OUT OF THE WAY. I DON’T THINK WE LOST BUT A FEW MEN IN BOTH FIGHTS. THE ENEMY LOSS WAS SEVERAL AND A GOOD MANY PRISONERS.
- I EXPECT BY THE TIME THIS LETTER GETS HOME WE WILL BE AT POINT PLEASANT ON THE OHIO RIVER. WE ARE DRIVING JUST AS FAST AS WE CAN MARCH. IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS WE WILL BE ON THE OHIO RIVER.
- I think we will leave here tomorrow, so I must come to a close as I am tired and broke down. I HAVE MARCHED EIGHT, TWENTY, AND THIRTY MILES A DAY. I will write a long letter the next time. Direct your letter to Dublin yet till the next letter I write. So, nothing more this time. I still remain yours until death. A. C. Pendleton. To: John Pendleton
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