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8th Michigan Civil War Soldier Writes To Wife, General Burnside, Tennessee 1863 For Sale
PLEASE NOTE: This week we are selling property from a great collection, celebrating Abraham Lincoln and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. S on any of this great, historical Americana!Civil War Soldier in Tennessee writes to Wife, General Burnside Content. 4p., Letter addressed from Louden River, dated Oct. the 27th 1863, My Dear Little Wife from…….starts with discussing the weather as raining, continues "…we are still on half rations yet and we don't know where the next is coming from and we don't kill hogs or anything for this was an order from General Burnside to stop us stealing something to eat the order reads like this 'Hereafter all soldiers caught stealing provisions from citizens shall be punished by being stripped of their uniform and tyed [sic] to a tree and whiped and the have there head shaved and the leather + branded on the left cheek to denot thief and then drummed out of sirvis'. I think that this is rather hard for a man that is hungry because he takes what he wants eat he must be branched as a thief. For one if I gets hungry I shall take what I want to eat and if they want to brand me as a thief for it I should not conceded it army disgrace but it would look bad to w[e]ar a leather t on a mans face as long as he lived but I never steel [sic] so no danger to me warring[sic] it. But I would before starving. I will tell you how things look in front of my tent I am in the tent sitting on a rail that is a fire in front of the tent and one of the boys are making a cup of coffee and another boy is sitting on a pile of rails keeping the fire I can sit here in my tent and look out on many forts and fortifications and rifle Pitts [sic] and see thousands of tents and artillery calvary and souldiers [sic] of all kind of many think that it is pleasure for me to be a soldier but I take not pleasure in it only that my country needed my help or I shouldn't be here now but the time is not face off when this camp life shall be canted to that of a bight fireside of Sweet home. Oh who sweet the name of home wife and children sound =s to me as ell as maney [sic] others whose [sic] to them and are a way fighting for their country and homes. But I am in hopes that war will be once by the time that my time is out which is a little over Nine months I shall be at home then if it is not over" He continues writing on a new date "…Oct 29; Between Louder and Knoxville since I wrote the above we have moved he have fallen back from Louden six miles towards(?) Knoxville we didn't leave because we was afraid of getting licked but because that was a force in the rear of the Rebs and we wanted to get them into it so we left and crossed the river and took the Southern Bridge with us leaving the Rebs to take the strong held which we had and which they don't before we was gone half an hower[sic] to our satisfaction. I don't know what will be done next we are on quarter rations now only one cracker a day we must go hungry for a spell and whip the rebs things look rather dark. Now I. Donut(?) think that we can stay here this winter unless we get the railroad clear of Rebs which is going to be a hard job, but Burnside has got some grand plan on foot and if he is successful we will be all right yet. We may go up to Virginia before we stop. The news …. in camp that Mead[e] has given old Lee another Licking I hope this is true…' Signed Alonzo Hoysington. Alonzo Hoysington (1839 - 1864); Private in the 8th Michigan Infantry, Company A, he enlisted in August 1862 at Fayette, Michigan at the age of 23. He fought in the Siege of Petersburg on June 17th and 18th, 1864, nine days after the battle began, and was wounded in his left leg resulting in an amputation on June 26, 1864, He was removed to Washington, D.C. for further treatment and died there of his wounds on July 29, 1864.Split pages, light tape repair to folds of pages, with minot tears into folds and extensive water staining to left marring (possibly from rain mentioned in letter), with typical foxing, as shown. 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