Civil War Letter W Patriotic Envelope 64th Ohio Ovi 1862 Hangings Guerrillas See For Sale
This sale is for one (1) original Civil War letter hand written in period ink on a Patriotic letterhead and the Patriotic envelope featuring "The Girl I Left Behind Me". I purchased this about 35 years ago and it has been stored in my safe since that time. This is a great piece of history that has some very interesting content.
The letter at the top states "Camp near Stevenson". It was written on "July the 20 62" (1862) The soldier is a member of what appears to be Company H 64th O.V. (Ohio Volunteers) (see close up photo of beginning of letter).
On the first page, it starts out with some remarks about writing to his brother, etc. It goes on to state "when I last wrote we were 5 miles from Decatur (sp?) we are now 75 miles east of it on the rail road we left yesterday morning and came down on the cars."
On the second page he talks of seeing another soldier in another regiment that he knows (friend? relative?). He goes on to state "our regiment was called out to Decatur and lay there 6 days without tents their was a band ofguerrillas kept up in the mountains about 20 miles from Decatur and they came down several times close to the town andthreatened to burn the town part of the 31 Ohio regiment is guarding the town and we was their to (page 3)support them in case of anattack up in the mountains their is any amount of union men but they have been kept down by theguerrillas and had to hide them selves to save their lives. The 51st indianna regiment went up their and got 50 of them they have joined the union army their are getting up a brigade from their they arecoming in every day Northern allabamma has always been union but have been kept down. the secesh give them their choice either to join the rebel army or leave the country or be hung"
Page 4 (the last page) goes on to say, "their choice to come and join the union army their has been hung on the account of their union sentiments some of them is 60 years old and look distressed they ?? on secesh they will fight hard of they get in to a fight they have left theirfamilys to do the best they can for themsleeves their is said to be a rebel force on battle creek about 12 miles from here how large is not known but I suppose it will soon be known the rebels are working around again towards Nashville the report is that they have got "
Unfortunately, the remainder of the letter is not there, if there ever was any more? The odd thing is that the envelope that the letter was in, (and I have no reason to not believe it is the original envelope to the letter) is not addressed. Since there is no signature as to who wrote the letter it will remain a mystery.
The letter itself is in very good condition with no tears. The envelope is missing somecorners, etc. - see photos for condition. The 64th OVI had a very distinguished military record during the Civil War and participated in quite a few well known battles. This is a great letter that was written 151 years ago. It mentions several regiments and the content is fascinating and reflects the thoughts of an Infantry soldier to his brother in regards to what is happening where he is at the time he wrote the letter. Don't pass up the chance to add this to your Civil War collection as it is an interesting read mentioningguerrillas, Secesh, hangings, etc. This will be well packaged for shipment to prevent any damage. Please see photos for condition and ask all questions prior to offerding. Thank you!
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