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GREAT 1856 LETTER PREDICTING THE ELECTION AND THE
WAR - dated August 8, 1856 from John C. Nelson to a Captain. He
writes: "...You may set down for sure for Buchanan every Southern
State, making 120 electoral votes, and with Penn. and California he
will have just enough to elect him 149, but I predict in less than two
years we are (to) have Civil War, which will last ten years. Slavery is to
be legalized in every free(?) state by a decision of the Supreme Court in
the care of Passamore Williamson (?) and then look out for music -
the North won't submit - so get your "bayonet" ready - you must fight
. . ". Great letter, period ink and in vgc.
69TH NEW YORK INFANTRY (IRISH BRIGADE) - Two page letter
written December 7, 1863 in period pencil and addressed to Col.
Grimshaw of the 4th Delaware Infantry from three men who had
intended to enlist in the 69th NYI and were instead placed into the 39th
NYI. They, as a group are asking that this be rectified and that they be
placed into the 69th. On the back, in period ink is the message that the
letter was forwarded to Gen. Corcoran. It looks that nothing was ever
done in this matter as the three remained in the 39th. Transcription is
on the 'Additional Images' link. Very good condition.
AMBULANCE CORPS RELATED POST SCRIPT - This is a post-script
from a letter (unfortunately not available) dated July 16, 1863 from a
gentleman I could not track down, asking the recipient to give his
regards to all those in the Ambulance Department of their Brigade.
Looks like from a comment at the end mentioning Potomac &
Warrington, Va. that it may be from the Army of the Potomac.
21ST OHIO INFANTRY LETTER & GROUPING - CUTTING
OFF HEADS AT CHICKAMAUGA - Letter written by John
Bookman Zarbaugh (misspelled in data base as Zoebaugh) on
December 16, 1863 to his mother and father-in-law. He writes
a very gloomy letter about his thoughts of making it back alive
(and no doubt with the battles the 21st took part in). He also
writes of the rebels leaving the Union dead - unburied on the
fields of Chickamauga, some having their heads cut off and
placed on poles. Letter has some separation at the folds but is
still in one piece. Transcript on 'Additional Images' link. Along
with this letter is Zarbaugh's traveling rosewood inkwell (this
type very popular with the soldiers) with his initials (JZ) carved
in the side. There is a crack in the lid of the inkwell. A large
post-War photograph of Zarbaugh and his family with a
Ithaca, Mich. photographer's stamp (he had moved to Ithaca
after the War). It appears he is wearing a GAR lapel pin on his
jacket. A small German (?) book printed in 1816. A 1905 diary
given by Zarbaugh to his daughter Ella Stahl - appears to have
been written by Zarbough then given to his daughter - he wrote
about the "Slave Holder's Motto Before the War" - a four line
poem near the end. A 1902 diary by Zarbaugh where he
mentions going to the Post and getting his badge (GAR).
Includes other minor items also.
20TH NEW YORK CAVALRY - WRITES ON THE 2ND U.S.
COLORED CAVALRY - Letter written on March 15, 1864 by
Frederick Klice (Klise in Data Base) of the 20th New York Cavalry.
He writes about the skirmish near Suffolk, Virginia on 3/5/64 and
the conduct and fighting efficiency of the 2nd U.S. Colored Cavalry.
Letter is written in red ink with several ink blotches but otherwise in
good condition. Transcript is on 'Additional Images' link.
USS TUG 'THISTLE' - MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLEET- Letter written
on March 22, 1864 by the Capt. Robert J. Eltringham to his sister
and tells her of the operations they are about to take against the
Confederate boats up the Red River and of the Confederate forts they
have already taken. Letter is written in brown ink and has some
separation at several of the folds but not completely separated.
Transcript is on 'Additional Images' link.
ORPHAN BRIGADE - POW CAMP CHASE - Letter written
on March 18, 1862 by Maj. Samuel K. Hays of the 2nd
Kentucky Mounted Infantry (Orphan Brigade). He writes
from Camp Chase to a woman in Newport, Kentucky
thanking her for sending clothing to be distributed to certain
troops from Tennessee and Mississippi. Hays was from
Kenton County, Ky. and must have known this woman as he
gives his regards to the Lieutenant (husband?) and her three
sons. Hays was also promoted from Captain to Major and in
1861 served as AQM on staff of General Buckner. He was
captured at Fort Donelson where the regiment sustained a
tremendous number in POW's. Transcript is on 'Additional
Images' link. Very good condition - no cover.
73RD NEW YORK INFANTRY - ARMY OF THE POTOMAC -
Letter written on February 25, 1863 by Patrick Quin(n) believed
to be of the 72nd. Doing research, he mentions in the letter an M.
McCollough and the only regiment where the two names are
common and the unit was in the Army of the Potomac on that
date was the 72nd NYI. Transcription of the letter is on the
'Additional Images' link. He writes about picket duty, 18" of
snow, personal things and the battles in the past where he had
men fall on both sides of him. Awkwardly written at times but
legible. Letter has some separations at some folds but fairly well
6TH SOUTH CAROLINA CAVALRY - POW - FORT
DELAWARE - Letter written on September 8, 1864 by
William H. Long of the 6th South Carolina Cavalry. He
writes from Fort Delaware Prison to his father, Rev. John D.
Long in Ganesville Union Dist., SC. (which must no longer
exist by that name). Long mentions the letters he has
received and requests that his father send him money -
Greenbacks - US Treasury Notes. He closes his letter with
'May peace be restored to our land is my prayer'. Full
transcript on the 'Additional Images' link. The cover is
interesting in that is is sent via Richmond, Va., has the
Richmond post mark and the CS 'Due 10'. It also has
written 'by Flag of Truce' and 'In Care of Bureau of
Exchange at Fortress Monroe'. Prisoner letters were
generally short and to the point as they were usually only
allowed one sheet letters. Very good condition.
POW DOCUMENT - ELMIRA PRISON - 23RD VA.
INFANTRY (?) - Form sent to J.W. Bull in Alexandria, Va.,
a cousin of Richard A. Oakes (Oaks), stating that Oakes was
a Prisoner at Elmira and able to receive articles to aid his
comfort and that this form should be attached to the
package sent to Oakes. There is only one Richard Oaks (not
Oakes) in the Confederate Rosters and that is one of Richard
A. Oaks of the 23rd Virginia Infantry. His record states he
was AOL on Jan. 15, 1862, Returned on April 15, 1862 and
Discharged for disability on August 30, 1862 with no other
information listed. This form is dated October 13, 1864 so I
would guess that Oakes re-enlisted and the records are not
available (as so much was, especially on the Confederate
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POW LETTER - ROCK ISLAND, IL PRISON CAMP -
Letter from either a Lacy Grap or Grass to a JPL Woodward
in Covington, KY asking for his assistance in getting
clothing. I am assuming that Woodward was a Confederate
contact for POW's as the letter mentions other soldiers that
had written Woodward for the same and received clothes.
Trying to trace the author and did come up with one Lacy
Grass, from the 34th Virginia Cavalry Battalion. There is
nothing in his record that states him being a POW. Letter in
very good condition, cover has a nice 'Prisoners Letter'
POW LETTER - CAMP CHASE, OHIO - 60TH VIRGINIA
INFANTRY - Letter and cover from Lt. S.D. Pack to a
friend in Fayette Court House, WV. Mentions his fate as a
POW and apologizes for the short letter but is only allowed
one page. Lt. Samuel D. Pack was in the 60th Virginia. He
was taken prisoner while on leave on January 28, 1864.
Letter is in very good condition and has a cover with the
'Examined' stamp of Lt. Col. Poten. It looks like the stamp
was cut off and a replacement (?) placed on for aesthetic
purposes. The 60th VA fought in many battles, including
POW LETTER - FORT DELAWARE - HOOD'S VIRGINIA
BATTALION RES - Letter and cover from W. D. Wheary
written from Fort Delaware to his sister in Baltimore, MD.,
wondering why she has not received letters and asking her to
write and hoping to see his wife and children before long.
There is no W. Wheary in the on line data base but a W.H.
Wheary does show up in the Confederate Roster index as a
Captain in Hood's Battalion Reserve (VA). The middle letter
in the letter looks like an 'N' but the roster shows it as an 'H'
- may very well be a typo. Nice cover with 'Prisoner Letter'
POW LETTER - LIBBY PRISON - 71ST PA - POW
GETTYSBURG - Letter and cover from Jacob S. Devine to
his brother in Philadelphia about the possible exchange of
prisoners and the unfairness of being held for 10 months.
This was originally identified by the previous owner as 71st
NY but is actually 71st PA. Devine is listed as a POW on
July 3, 1863 and confined in numerous prisons before
Libby. At Gettysburg they were located near the angle and on
the 3rd day faced the full force of Pickett's charge. Cover is
missing stamp but has a notation of traveling by Flag of
Truce boat at Fortress Monroe. Very good condition.
LETTER CONCERNING POW PAROLES - Letter and
cover (which is a mismatched cover - wrong date) - from B.
Stanton to his daughter in Bellefontaine, Ohio concerning
the parole of a soldier 'Alexander' from Libby Prison and a
few particulars of the exchange. Letter is in very good
POW LETTER - LIBBY PRISON - 54TH NY - POW AT
GETTYSBURG - Letter (no cover) from Lt. George Veltfort
of the 54th New York Infantry. He was captured at
Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 and confined at numerous
prisons, escaping from Columbia, SC in March, 1865. He
writes about hoping to be exchanged. The 54th NY was
located in the Cemetery Hill area at Gettysburg.