55th Pa Infantry Soldier Letter Siege Of Petersburg For Sale
Emanuel J. Froelich of the 55th Pennsylvania Infantry autograph letter signed. Civil War letter is datelined, ''In the Rear near Petersburg, V June / 25 / 1864''. Letter from the second week of the Siege of Petersburg reads in part, ''Dear Father, I again rec'd a letter from you dated June 14th and I was exceedingly glad to hear from you. I am still enjoying a good state of health hoping these few lines may find you and the rest of our family the same way. they still keep us near to the front we have some fighting here every day and some hard fighting. I have been in five battles already and hard battles we came in the rear a few days ago and yesterday morning the artillery opened fire when the Rebs made a change and our men shot a volley into them they threw down their arms and came to our side after they threw down their arms our men would not fire into them, there were about 600 of them that came over and they feel so glad when they are on our side as soon as they are in our lines they run like everything to the rear so their men cannot get them the other day we caught 19 when one of them said go on boys you can take them all and I thank you for your kindness the 600 prisoners reported that there was 1 Brigade going to come over in a day or two they say that they are tired of it and want an end, every day there are some deserting from there side...I wish I could be at home to help you to make your hay and harvest now...Father the war must soon come to a close for if we do not whip them this summer we must give them their Independence we expected to get pay...Emanuel J. Froelich...'' Letter runs 4pp. on a single sheet of card-style stationery and measures 5'' x 8''. Toning and creasing, else near fine.
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55th Pa Infantry Soldier Letter Siege Of Petersburg: $1,500