1863 Civil War Union Soldier Handwritten Letter & Note To Parents, Nice Content For SaleHere are 2 original 1863 handwritten letters (one 2-page letter on white paper and one brief note on a long blue slip of paper). The folded letter measures approximately 9 and 1/2 inches x 7 and 1/2 inches. The folded blue slip measures approximately 12 and 1/4 inches x 2 and 1/4 inches. They were both written in black ink by Union Army soldier JOHN F. MOORE and sent to his parents in Aberdeen, Ohio. John Moore was fighting in Lexington, Kentucky when he wrote these letters. JOHN F. MOORE served in "B" Company in the 12th Ohio Cavalry.1) LETTER # 1 (ADDRESSED LEXINGTON, KY. AND DATED OCT. 23, '63):DEAR PA, WE LEFT THE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE TOWN OF GEORGETOWN AT 3 O'CLOCK YESTERDAY AFTERNOON & ARRIVED AT THIS PLACE JUST AT DARK. MY HORSE (WHICH I RECEIVED ON MONDAY) STOOD THE MARCH LIKE A HERO. I LIKE HIM BETTER EVERY DAY. I CANNOT SEE HOW I HAVE MANAGED TO GET ALONG WITHOUT HIM UP TO THIS TIME. THE HALTER THAT YOU HAD MADE WAS IN A SHATTERED CONDITION WHEN IT REACHED ME BUT I SECURED ANOTHER & A MUCH BETTER ONE IMMEDIATELY FROM THE QUARTER MASTER. WE ARE NOW ENCAMPED IN THE FAIR GROUND --- A LOVELY SPOT BUT MUCH ABUSED BY THE REBELS, ETC. JUST BEFORE I SAT DOWN TO WRITE THIS LETTER THE OFFICER OF THE DAY CAME TO MY TENT & REQUESTED THAT I SHOULD GO WITH HIM TO AN AJOINING WOODS WHERE THE COL. THINKS HE WILL MOVE THE CAMP THIS AFTERNOON. WHILE THERE THREE YOUNG GIRLS CAME OUT OF A HOUSE & SPOKE TO ME. ONE OF THEM ASKED IF I WOULD GIVE HER MY BEAUTIFUL HORSE --- I ASKED HER IF SHE WAS A UNION LADY? IF SO SHE SHOULD HAVE MY HORSE IF I SHOULD HAPPEN TO BE KILLED BY MORGAN. BUT SHE SAID "WHEN THE REBELS ARE HERE I AM A REBEL. WHEN THE UNION ARMY IS HERE I AM UNION". WE TALKED A LONG TIME ON THE SUBJECT BUT COULD NOT AGREE. THE REBELS ARE EXPECTED BACK HERE EVERY DAY & I SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF THEY WOULD PAY US A VISIT. THERE WAS A BAND OF THEM NUMBERING 1500 AT WINCHESTER ON YESTERDAY. THERE IS A GENTLEMAN WAITING FOR THIS LETTER. YOU WILL EXCUSE ITS SHORTNESS. LOVE TO ALL, AFFECTIONATELY YOUR SON J.F. MOORE.COL. TEVIS SAYS I MUST WEAR MY SWORD. IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE SEND IT UP BY SOME TRUSTY FELLOW WITH THE STRAPS OF UNCLE TOMS SWORD UPON IT. J.F. MOORE.TELL WILLIAM I NEVER CAN THANK HIM TOO MUCH FOR HIS HANDSOME PRESENT. THEY CAME IN GOOD TIME FOR OUR NIGHT MARCHES & SLOW MOVEMENTS --- REQUIRE WARM CLOTHING.2) NOTE # 2 (WRITTEN TO HIS MOTHER ON A LONG STRIP OF BLUE PAPER):DEAR MOTHER, YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW WE ALL ENJOYED THE CHICKENS, CAKE, ETC. I RETURN WITH ? THE BASKET FOR A REINFORCEMENT ON SOME FUTURE OCCASION. I SUPPOSE YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN MY HORSE --- ISN'T HE A BEAUTY --- I AM SURE THERE IS NO HORSE IN CAMP TO COMPARE. YOURS AFFECTIONATELY, JOHN. There are numbers written on the reverse side of this slip.3) ALSO INCLUDED is the original stamped mailing envelope, addressed to Mrs. Ann D. Moore, Aberdeen, Brown Co., Ohio.
buyers IMPORTANT --- PLEASE READ --- THE CONDITION IS AS FOLLOWS: The large letter has some light age browning in a few places. The letter is quite legible and in overall nice condition. The blue slip is quite legible and in nice condition. The envelope has a jagged tear along the left edge where it was opened, and a small lower jagged edge. The envelope is legible and very good.
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