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238: Union Soldiers Letters ALS American Civil War Hist

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Lot 0238 Details

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Thirteen letters and eleven covers, dated from 15 February 1863 to 15 November 1864 written by various soldiers to ''Miss Lucy Lee.'' Lot also includes CDV photo album with image of soldier. All letters express heartfelt sentiments and romantic notions, such as those from ''Frank'' of the 9th Indiana Cavalry who writes with courtly affection. First letter datelined Richmond, Indiana, 31 January 1864 reads in part, ''…Charming cousin Lucie…the heart of thy unknown knight warms…he proffers thee his humble service, vowing to do battle for thee and night against all enemies and opposers whatsoever, whatever test of his fidelity is required, name it and thou shall have it…Your devoted cousin / Frank.'' 4pp. ink letter measures 5" x 7.75", contains a vertical tear separating the pages, otherwise good condition. Letter from U. U. Craw, 1st U.S. Engineers, Company A datelined Columbia, Tennessee 15 February 1863 begins, ''…Lucy Lee / Dear Wife / Oh excuse me, I certainly forgot myself, but…remember that I am a soldier and that a soldier is excusable for what he says and does…I miss you…I should be pleased to hear from you soon…'' 4pp. ink letter measures 5" x 8". Includes envelope postmarked Columbia 17 February 1865. Contains slight staining, overall good condition. Letters by J.W. Steel also illuminate solider infatuations. Letter datelined Camp Chase, Ohio 15 November 1864 reads in part, ''…Mademoiselle Louie: Yesterday…to me proved a lucky day…'when I lay me down to sleep' I saw in my visions several Lucie's…I trust your mind will have been 'made up' by the time you receive this, to send me your 'shadow'. It…would nerve your knight to dought deeds of prowess in your honor…'' 4pp. ink letter measures 7.75'' x 9.75''. An 18pp. letter from Will Lardin, 1st Ohio Infantry, Company A dated 28 September 1864 reads in part, ''…We are here at Gen. Sherman's head quarters…Hark! There is the well known Boom of artillery…In the direction of Kennesaw Mountain and if there was a heavy fight Gen. Sherman went up there this morning in person and this is a fact which shows that some important movement is going on…'' Letter measures 5'' x 8''. Letters unless otherwise noted are in very good to near fine condition. Many letters include envelopes with stamp and postmark cut off. Lot also includes a personalized CDV album which reads, ''Lucy'' on cover. Album has embossed decorative covers, two side hinges and gilt pages. Interior contains one photo, an interior full length image of an unidentified soldier, most assuredly one of Lucy's numerous suitors. Overall an excellent lot providing insight into the romantic notions of soldiers.
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238: Union Soldiers Letters ALS American Civil War Hist

Estimate $300 - $450Jun 18, 2007
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