Confederate Letter Home -1864 - Superb Content - Trading With Yankees, Lincoln
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Confederate Letter Home -1864 - Superb Content - Trading With Yankees, Lincoln:
One of the more superb content Confederate letters I've had in my 20 years of collecting offered today - Confederate soldier writes home to his sister on the banks of the Chattachoochee while observing Yankees on the other side of the river. Content about trading with the Yankees, Lincoln, Jeff Davis, ending the war, and General Joseph Johnson not taking action against the Yankees! On very poorly manufactured blue lined paper with flaws. Paper has survived 149 years well with just normal folds and aging.
Reads: "Banks of the Chattachoochee / Near Fulton Co, Ga. / July 16, 1864 / Dear Sister, / Much quieters since I last wrote you. Pickets on both sides no longer trouble each other. Either heat or shortages in cartridges. - We go down to the edge of the river and Yankees from the other side come down and talk with us. They are from New York and are tired of the war. One showed us whee he was hit by a ball in the arm but the minie went right through and he kept his arm and was told to keep soldiering. One of the Yankees said they were voting for McLellan. They said come over and put a bullet in Old Abe Lincoln and we will put another in Old Jeff and then we can go home or sit here and argue about (n-word)'s right or state's rights like civilized men. We all laughed hardily at that. Some of the Yankees were more friendly than just talk. They wanted to trade. Mostly for Tobacco. They have knives, canteens, books(?), and things, but all they want in trade is Tobacco or photographs of immoral women. The Yankees and our boys got too well acquainted but our officers quickly found out and they watch who goes to the river and what they come back with. I found a cap at the site of our last engagement so you need not send me another. I like this one. There continues to be a force of Yankees on the other side of the river. Why General Johnson remains still and not more against them is unknown to me. Yankees still come down to their side of the river. They tried for some time to trade and talk with us but we told them enough times trading was prohibited and they stopped. There be two a bit a ways upriver washing their shirts. They talk loud and fast and curse often. I don't care for them much even if we all want to stop fighting. I will write again soon. All of my love, / Samuel"