13 Soldier Letters, Light Cavalry Broadside, Albumen Photo & Family Archives +++ For Sale
A fantastic Civil War letter / Broadside / Albumen / Document Archives Grouping from on Family in Prattsburgh, Steuben County, New York *~*
Characteristics About Item number: 589-13
1. Item: 13 Original Soldier written letters, broadside, albumen photograph, Gem tin type photographs and family paperwork.
2. Condition of Item:Good condition with typical edge wear, couple letters are torn along folds, broadside has a tear and edge damage - please see image files.
3. Other Information:A fantastic Civil War grouping consisting of 13 soldier written letters, a early war Light Cavalry Broadside, Albumen soldier image, 23 civilian family letters written between 1851-1884 & 10 pages of family tree history most vintage. There are 4 gem tin type photographs of family members (one might be a soldier) and there is an albumen glued to the back of the soldier albumen of a little girl. All items are original Vintage pieces. The soldiers letters: a) 2 page ink letter was written by Augustus Hinman 28th NY Inf. on Feb. 8, 1862, b) letter from Henry L. Mills 50th Engineers written on Oct 27, 1861 (3 pages), c) 3 letters from Hiram Payne Jr. 23rd NY Inf. Aug. 16, 1860 (3 pages) / Nov 13, 1861 (1 ½ pages) & July 2nd 1862 (6 pages), d) 4 letters from Carlton H. Lovell 35th NY Inf. / 14th NY Heavy Artillery dated July 17, 1861 (2 pages) / Aug 2, 1861 (4 Pages) / Aug 25 1861 (4 pages) & Oct 27 1861 (3 pages) and e) 4 written by Charles M. Carr 161st NY Infantry dated May 10, 1863 (4 pages) / June 22, 1863 ( 4 pages) / Aug 8, 1863 (4 pages) & Aug 27 1863 (3 pages) . For clarification I count letter pages as the front page is one etc. I believe Charles Carr is the immediate family member and the other soldiers were either cousins or friends. Charles died in the hospital at Baton Rouge. La. on 9/9/1863. Carlton H. Lovell who fought with the 35th Inf. and 14th NY Heavy arty was severely wounded at Cold Harbor in the right elbow on 6/2/64. The broadside which measures 9 3/16” x 11 11/16” reads “Wanted Immediately 45 Good Horsemen – the Subscriber having already obtained a number of men is very anxious to secure 45 more to make up the company. It is to be a light cavalry company and will be enlisted for three years or during the war … Charles M. Carr”. All four of the Carr letters have good content. Here are a couple lines from those letters: “Baton Rouge May 10, 1863 ….our gunboats commenced bombarding? Friday about noon and they have been firing for of the time……” June 22, 1863 Plains Sta. ….we are on our old business again…Picket guard we have been under the rebel ? for weeks and it has been one continous battle…we are camped on our first battlefield it is four miles from the fort……..New York will reset the draft. ……One ref of old troops can whip 10000 men… They will draft about 30000 more men and 200000 negro troops….we will drive the rebs off of the continant. The rebs have their last man in the field……” Baton Rouge La. Aug 27th 1863 …..I live on coffee and bread. I have coffee and bread for breakfast, bread and coffee for dinner and coffee and bread for supper…….”. A couple of the Calton H Lovell letters are very interesting. They talk a lot about the forts around Washington and there cannons etc. they also talk about the secessonest saluted our pickets guard by throwing a few cannon balls at them…..the boys of our regiment a new kind of gun called the Springfield rifled musket – not much better than the old muskets in my opinion………” Another from Falls Church Va. dated Oct 27, 1861 reads “Our regiment is on the line between our side and secesh we are employed as pickets and skirmishers. We came here the first of the month and occupy Falls Church and Munson Hill. Gen McClellan is having forts built near us …..I suppose we shall advance to Fairfax Court House or Centerville. It is thought here that we will not find the rebels in very strong force until we get to Manassas…….”. There is a great civilian letter that is dated 2/8/1863 that talks about the battle of Fredericksburgh “Nny and Forest have thus been present they were in the battle of Fredericksburgh – thirty of their company were killed – they escaped unhurt, Miner Hinman and James were drafted, James got a substitute – Miner was elected Captain by his company…….”. Really a great family achieves with Son’s, Cousins and Friends all doing their part to save the union. This archive has never been offered before and will prove to be an interesting research project. The family was from Prattsburgh in Steuben, County New York State. There are also copy record sheets on each of the soldiers giving personal service information.The Frank Leslie's paper is dated March 2, 1861 but is not in very good condition. I will be shipping the group in a priority box for safety.
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