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.”
One of the 35th Virginia Cavalry “Gray Comanches”, Joseph H. Trundle Writes Home from Loudoun County, Va., June 16th, 1863 – “WE WERE IN THE LAST FIGHT AT BEVERLY FORD & THE BATTALION SUFFERED VERY SEVERELY. WE LOST 90 MEN KILLED, WOUNDED & MISSING.” – “ASK MA TO GET ME SOME NICE GREY CLOTH & SOME MARYLAND BUTTONS & TINSEL TRIMMING & A PAIR OF MEXICAN SPURS”
A Graphic Description of the Carnage after the Battle of Antietam – Oliver R. McAllister, Co. C, 35th New York Infantry – “YOU COULD LOOK IN NO DIRECTION WHATEVER BUT THAT YOU COULD SEE HUNDREDS OF DEAD, BOTH OF OUR MEN AND REBELS.” – “TO SEE THE WOUNDED WAS THE MOST HORRID SIGHT OF THE WHOLE. SOME WITH LEGS AND ARMS ENTIRELY BLOWN OFF”
The Colonel of the 5th Maine Volunteers Writes to the Parents of One of the Men he has Just Lost in Battle: Sergt. Washington F. Brown of Co. I Killed in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va. “MANY TEARS HAS TRICKLED DOWN MY CHEEK SINCE I COMMENCED THIS LETTER.” – Col. Clark Edwards Describes Going with the 5th Maine Chaplain to Comfort the Wounded and Dying… Truly Amazing Content!
Lieut. William W. Wells, Co. F, 58th Pa. Infantry Writes from “Camp Suffolk, Va.” in December 1862 – He Describes & DRAWS A MAP of their Expedition to the Blackwater River – “IF THERE’S ANYTHING THAT WILL MAKE A MAN DODGE, IT IS A PARROT SHELL” – “A CURIOUS SOUND THEIR PARROT SHELLS HAVE. SOMETHING LIKE A RAILROAD CAR UNDER FULL MOTION” – “THEY CAME THICKER AND FASTER, BURSTING ALL AROUND US, TEARING OFF LARGE BRANCHES OF TREES AND STRIKING IN AMONG US.”
Writing Home on Very Unusual Stationery… A Blank Confederate Stock Certificate: Chester Hotel & Mining Co. – Horace Sisson Co. K, 1st New York Mounted Rifles Writing from City Point, Virginia May 11th, 1864 – “NEVER SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN THE ARMY HAVE I HAD SHELLS BURST AND BULLETS BUZZ SO CLOSE TO ME”
Medal of Honor Recipient Lt. John P. McVean, Co. D 49th New York Infantry Writes Home from Brandy Station, Virginia April 23rd, 1864 – “I HOPE THAT WE CAN GIVE THE LAST ACT THIS SUMMER. IN THAT CASE I WILL WITHDRAW FROM THE STAGE AND RETIRE TO PRIVATE LIFE.” – McVean would be killed in the battle of the Wilderness just over a month later
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
Did you know that the Confederacy had an Inventors’ Exchange where patents could be secured? – This Beautiful Charleston, S.C. Advertising Cover Dated April 3, 1861 has a Complete Description of how to Secure Patents in the Confederate States of America!
Beautiful Sixth Plate Tinted Tintype of Frederick Cape, Co. L, 56th New York Infantry (10th Legion Sharpshooters) – He Wears His Cape Coat, SNY Buckle & Holds His Saber Bayonet + His Discharge & A “Souvenir” He Brought Back from Charleston
Confederate 5th Texas, Hood’s Brigade Letter Written on 2 Sheets of Confederate Patriotic Stationery – Shows the Patriotic Fervor of Hood’s Men: WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY’S RIGHTS, THE RIGHT OUR FOREFATHERS BEQUEATHED US. OUR MEN WILL FIGHT WITHOUT PAY. THERE’S FIGHT FOR MONEY, FOR BREAD. OURS FOR FREEDOM
THE JOURNAL OF ADJT. HENRY W. CAMP, 10TH CONNECTICUT VOL. INFANTRY – RICHLAND JAIL (COLUMBIA, S.C.) JAN. 14TH, 1864 – “THE POSSIBILITY OF ESCAPE WAS A SUBJECT OF THOUGHT AND CONVERSATION AMONG US, QUITE EARLY IN OUR IMPRISONMENT… I MADE UP MY MIND TO TRY THE EXPERIMENT JUST AS SOON AS MATTERS SEEMED RIGHT FOR IT.”
From Our Johnson’s Island Collection – A Rare Piece of Sheet Music Entitled “Star of My Future Life” Written By Asa Hartz. PLUS: 4 Poems Written by Hartz on Johnson’s Island & 1 Poem by CS General Jeff Thompson – Dated 1864
In addition to collecting letters with great content over the past 50 years, we assembled a collection of letters where the soldier sends home a “souvenir” or “relic”. You will see many of these letters listed. Hope you appreciate them as much as we have!
A Rare & Desirable Piece of Civil War Dramatic Theater & Excellent Example of War Period Calligraphy: A Hand Done Broadside Announcing The “Union Aquatic Theater, Onboard U. S. Steam Gunboat PORT ROYAL, Harbor of Apalachicola (FL) April 17th, 1863” + 2 Letters from John A. Stammers who sent it to his friend
3 California Gold Rush Letters, Each with Great Postal Markings: “SAN FRANCISCO, Cal.”, SEP., OCT. & NOV. 1851 – “TELL THE MAJOR NOT TO COME DOWN YET. THE VIGILANCE COMMITTEE ARE STILL IN SESSION, AND THEY ARREST PEOPLE HERE UPON THEIR LOOKS.”