BULLET STRUCK LETTER FROM THE BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG Featured in America’s Civil War Magazine – A Graphic Content Letter Describing the 97th New York’s Action on December 13th, 1862 – “WE ADVANCED INTO A CORNFIELD… SOME ALONG THE LINES WERE HIT BY BULLETS & SOME BY GRAPE & SHELLS.” “SOME TOOK OFF THEIR KNAPSACKS, AND I WAS ONE AND LAY MY HEAD ON THE BLANKET PART, ALLOWING THE OTHER TO STICK UP ABOVE MY HEAD FOR DEFENSE. IT WAS THEN PROBABLY THAT MY KNAPSACK GOT ITS WOUND.” “THE REBS FROM THEIR ENTRENCHMENTS IN THE WOODS, POURING THE BALLS & BUCK SHOTS INTO US. MEN WHEN HIT WOULD NOT FALL SUDDENLY & STIFFLY AS I HAD IMAGINED, BUT WOULD RATHER SETTLE DOWN APPARENTLY SELECTING A PLACE WHERE TO LIE OR SET DOWN.”
A Remarkable Letter Concerning the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg – “I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE SOLDIERS’ SKULLS & SOMETIMES NEARLY WHOLE SETS OF BONES LAYING ON THE GROUND & SOMETIMES SAW TOES OF SHOES FROM JUTTING OUT OF THE GROUND WHERE THE SOLDIERS WERE HASTILY BURIED IN TRENCHES. THE SIGHTS WERE SICKENING THE CRATER HAS BEEN ENCLOSED BY THE OWNER OF THE LAND & NOW VISITORS PAY 25 CTS. ADMISSION TO SEE THE SAME.”
Christopher Connolly of the 67th New York Infantry Describes Being Shot During the Battle of Seven Pines – “YOU MAY BELIEVE IT WOULD MAKE US CRINGE WHEN WE WOULD HEAR THE WHIZ OF A 20 POUNDER GO OVER US, OR A HALF A DOZEN SHELL BURST OVER US.” – “AFTER FIRING FOR OVER AN HOUR, I WAS SHOT. A NUMBNESS RAN THROUGH MY ARM, THEN UP IN MY HEAD, AND I FELL ON THE TOP OF MY HEAD. I GOT UP AND MY HAND WAS TWISTED IN TOWARDS MY ELBOW AND IT SHUT UP. I TRIED TO OPEN IT BUT COULD NOT.”
Colorful Certificate of Membership in the Philadelphia Fire Zouaves, Col De Witt C. Baxter’s 72nd Pa. Vols. – Made out to John W. Garvin, A MEMBER OF THE BAND + TWO REGIMENTAL DISCHARGES, the 72nd Signed by Theodore Hesser, Lieut. Col. Killed a Year Later at Mine Run, Va.
4th North Carolina Infantry – Albert M. White of Company C Writes Home from the Hospital in Richmond, Va. – Nice Description of Hospital Life PLUS HIS ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF SEVEN PINES WHERE HE WAS WOUNDED
Famous 26th North Carolina Infantry – Two Postally Used Covers: One from E. R. Richardson & One from B. J. Richardson – BOTH KILLED AT THE SAME BATTLE IN 1864 ! – The 26th N.C. had the greatest loss of any Confederate Regiment in the Civil War
18th Mass. Infantry – Charles F. Lee of Company A, Writes Home During the Peninsula Campaign – “THE WORST OF ALL ARE THE FLIES AND MOSQUITOES. SOME OF THE LATTER ARE AS LARGE AS BEES AND A GREAT DEAL MORE FEROCIOUS. IT IS NOT SAFE FOR A PERSON TO GO TO SLEEP WITHOUT BEING TIED TO THE TENT POLE. A FEW NIGHTS SINCE I FOUND MYSELF OUT OF MY TENT, THEY STILL CARRYING ME ALONG WHEN I AWOKE.”
4th North Carolina Private Albert M. White Writes from Yorktown, Virginia – “THEY THROWED ONE OVER HERE THAT WEIGHED 34 LBS. IT WENT 10 FEET IN THE GROUND WHEN IT HIT.”, “WE CAN GIVE THEM SOME THAT WEIGHS 140 LBS. AND LOTS OF THEM.”, “THE ENEMY STARTED A BALLOON UP CLOSE TO THE LINE, AND OUR MEN FIRED ON IT… THEY MADE THE BALLOON MAN COME DOWN IN A HURRY.”
Major James Cornell Biddle, An Important Member of General Meade’s Staff, Writes Home. “Head Quarters 5th Corps Stoneman’s Station, Va. May 23rd, 1863” – “We ought to have gained a great victory and we failed for the want of a General.” Biddle Praises Meade & Has a Low Opinion of Sickles! – Read what the gossip of the day was about Sickles!
Battle of Williamsburg, Va. with Amazing Hand-Drawn Map – Lt. John J. Knox, Co. D, 5th Michigan Infantry – “WE REACHED THE TRENCHES AND BAYONETED THOSE WHO WOULD NOT THROW DOWN THEIR ARMS” “FOUND SOME WOUNDED THAT HAD LAID 48 HOURS AND EVEN LONGER WITHOUT ATTRACTING ATTENTION OF ANYONE.”
Two Patriotic Letter Sheets… for the Price of One! ($110) – George W. Wood of the 72nd New York Infantry Sent Home Letters in “Diary” Form. These two have some interesting content regarding POINT LOOK OUT
8 Page Letter in Ink Describing J.E.B. Stuart’s Raid on Chambersburg, Pa. – “THERE WERE UPWARD OF TWO THOUSAND OF THEM ALL MOUNTED, WITH SIX PIECES OF ARTILLERY. THE CONFUSION OF SOUNDS BEGAN AGAIN, MINGLED WITH THE TUNES OF DIXIE’S LAND AND “MY MARYLAND,” – “HEADED BY GENERAL STUART BEARING A FLAG OF TRUCE. THEY RODE TO THE JUDGE’S OFFICE AND DEMANDED THE SURRENDER OF THE TOWN.”
34th Regiment New York Infantry – Letter from Philip Crewell – “ALL YOU CAN HEAR A SOLDIER SAY IS ONWARD TO VICTORY AND STRIKE THE DEATHBLOW TO THIS CURSED REBELLION.”, “AND ALL THE SOLDIER WANTS IS REVENGE. THAT’S ALL HE LOOKS FOR.”, “WE ARE HERE LIKE CLOUDS ON THE SKY, AND OUR CAMPFIRES ARE LIKE STARS IN THE HEAVENS.”
82nd New York Infantry Letter, Peninsula Campaign – “ONE OR TWO HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN WITH THEIR THROATS CUT FROM EAR TO EAR AND STRIPPED OF CLOTHING.” “THE ENEMY BEFORE LEAVING PLANTED A NUMBER OF TORPEDOES AND TRIED TO DESTROY US IN THAT WAY”
Antietam Battle Letter – Written by William H. Trisler, Co. K, 14th Indiana Infantry… Their Brigade never gave way during the battle & earned the title “The Gibraltar Brigade” – Trisler describes being hit 3 times! – “THERE IS FIVE ACRES COVERED WITH DEAD REBS. SUCH A SMELL I COULD HARDLY STAND IT.”
6th Michigan Cavalry Letter, Gettysburg Campaign – Great Descriptions by William G. Whitworth of Company A – ONE OF CUSTER’S WOLVERINES – “I THINK IF WE HAD PULLED OUR SPENCERS AT THEM, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN GLAD TO HAVE LEFT.” – He died a POW at Andersonville, Ga. & we visited his grave!
48th Georgia Confederate Battle Letter – Dorsey W. Binion Graphically Describes the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg – “IT WAS FILLED WITH NEGROES AND YANKS CRYING OUT NO QUARTERS, WHEN A HAND-TO-HAND CONFLICT ENSUED WITH THE BREECH OF OUR GUNS AND BAYONETS…” – “THE WHOLE FACE OF THE EARTH WAS LITERALLY STREWN WITH DEAD NEGROES, YANKS AND OUR MEN, THE DREADFULEST SCENE I EVER WITNESSED.” – “OUR BOYS ARE GREAT ON PLUNDERING DEAD YANKS.”
Excellent Confederate Letter from the 26th Virginia Infantry – Lt. Alexander Frederick Fleet of Company I, stationed near Charleston, S.C. Writes of the Union Bombardment & Gives Great Description of Beauregard!
Confederate Battle Letter: 48th North Carolina Soldier Fights at the Sight of Dunker Church, ANTIETAM Maryland – “THE GROUND WAS BLOODY FROM THE DYING AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS. THERE WERE A GREAT MANY DEAD SOLDIERS A LYING ABOUT, SOME WITH THEIR BRAINS SHOT OUT, I SAW ONE MAN WHO HAD HIS HEAD SHOT OFF, ANOTHER WITH LOWER JAW SHOT OFF…”
Graphic Description of Battle of Malvern Hill by Joseph R. Manson 12th Virginia Infantry – “IT WAS A SAD SIGHT TO WALK OVER THE FIELD OF BATTLE AND GATHER UP THE DEAD TO BE PLACED WITHOUT COFFIN OR SHROUD UNDER A FEW INCHES OF DIRT. THERE WE PLACED THE DARK-SKINNED CREOLE FROM THE SWAMPS OF LOUISIANA WITH THE INVADERS FROM THE OLD GRANITE & GREEN MOUNTAIN STATES OF THE NORTH…”
Confederate Surgeon Caspar C. Henkel, 37th Virginia Infantry Writes to His Father Dr. L. G. Henkel – The Valley was “WAITING THE APPROACH OF THE VILE INVADERS OF OUR COUNTRY” – “THEY MAY TAKE OUR PROPERTY, OUR HOMES, OUR LIVES, BUT THEY CANNOT DEPRIVE US OF THAT INHERITANCE PREPARED FOR US ABOVE.” – “YOU WILL PLEASE DESTROY THIS LETTER FOR FEAR IT MAY FALL INTO IMPROPER HANDS.”
Confederate Soldiers Letter – Randolph C. Fairfax, Rockbridge, Va. Light Artillery – (A FAMOUS VIRGINIA FAMILY) – Killed at Fredericksburg 12/13/62. This letter was written 3 months earlier from Martinsburg – “WHEN THE YANKEE BRIGADE WAS BEING DRIVEN BACK BY OUR ARTILLERY FIRE, JACKSON RODE UP TO WITHIN ABOUT 200 YARDS OF THEM AND WAVING HIS HANDKERCHIEF CALLED ON THEM TO SURRENDER.”
Extremely Rare “Regimental” Entitled Life in Camp: A History of the Nine Months’ Service of the Fourteenth Vermont Regiment, from October 21, 1862, when it was Mustered into the U.S. Service, to July 21, 1863, including the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Situation in Charleston, S.C. in July 1865 – The North is Requiring Former Confederates to Pay Penalty Taxes or Lose their property – Some of the Former Slaves do not want to Leave… Read what they said!
11th Miss. Confederate Soldiers Letter – The Battle of Ball’s Bluff – Written by Major Samuel F. Butler, Who Would Later be Mortally Wounded at Antietam – “The Yankees crossed in ferry boats & in their hurry to recross they sunk their boats & many of them were drowned.”
Private John M. Hammond of the 44th New York Infantry (Ellsworth’s Avengers) Writes on a Piece of Captured Confederate Patriotic Stationery – Yorktown, Va. May 18, 1862 & Mentions the LAND MINES THE CONFEDERATES HAVE BURIED IN THE GROUND! – He Would be Killed 2 Months Later
One of the Rarest Sheets of Regimental Stationery: “Camp of Instruction Berdan’s U.S. Sharp Shooters Washington, D.C.” – A Camp Scene of Tents, Pickets, & D.C. in the Background. Letter Written by Lieut. John Wilson, 1st Berdan Sharp Shooters
27th Virginia (Stonewall Brigade) Confederate Letter Written on Captured “Yankee Paper” (A Beautiful Patriotic Sheet) along with Captured Union Patriotic Cover! – Mentions the Incident of “Brother Fighting Brother”, the 1st Maryland CS Meeting the 1st Maryland US!
16th Maine Soldiers Letter – Albert C. Brown Gives a Graphic Description of the Battle of Laurel Hill, Virginia – “THE BULLETS BEGAN TO WHISTLE ABOUT OUR EARS AND THE SHELLS TO BURST OVER OUR HEADS AND THE SOLID SHOT TO PLOUGH UP THE GROUND AND CUT OFF THE TREES ALL ABOUT US.”
Letter Describing One of the Last Battles in the Civil War – April 9th, 1865 the Battle of Dingle’s Mill in S.C. (The same date that Lee was surrendering at Appomattox C. H.) – Jonathan E. Pillsworth, Co. A, 56th New York Infantry Describes the Action. They fought along with the famous 54th Mass. Black Regiment! You have got to see the photo of the politically “incorrect” historical marker we found!
The 124th Illinois Infantry in Vicksburg, Mississippi – Letter by Edward Kelley of Company D – All about the 1864 Election: “I THINK THE POLITICAL HORIZON LOOKS BRIGHT FOR LINCOLN AND DARK AND GLOOMY FOR LITTLE MAC.” “COL. J. H. HOWE AND CHAPLAIN HOWARD MADE SPEECHES IN FAVOR OF THE OLD RAIL SPLITTER.”
Battle Letter from the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Famous Unit that had “the Dictator” – Major Thomas S. Trumbull Writes on May 31st, 1864 – “JUST AFTER I LEFT MY TENT A SHELL BURST IN MY REDOUBT, THROWING A FRAGMENT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF MY TENT FROM SIDE TO SIDE. ANOTHER STRUCK ONE OF MY MEN IN THE CHEST KILLING HIM INSTANTLY.”
The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – Henry C. Laybourn, Company A, 66th Ohio Infantry Gives a Long Graphic Description – Confederate General Leonidas Polk is Killed – “WE HAD TO GO RIGHT OVER A HILL IN THE HOTTEST OF THE FIRE.” – “THE BULLETS JUST CUT ALL AROUND ME, BUT FORTUNATELY I DID NOT GET HIT” – “I USED MY OLD ENFIELD PRETTY BRISK.” – “THE REBS STUCK UP A FLAG IN THEIR WORKS IN PLAIN VIEW. I TOOK DEAD AIM AT IT SEVERAL TIMES & AM PRETTY CERTAIN THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE HOLE IN IT.”