Huge Lot Of 75 Civil War Letters Covers, Stamps, Postmarks, Soldier Id'd, More For Sale
This collection consists of 75 letters, notes, and documents containing love notes, marching information, camp information, military information, as well as the day to day struggle of this one Ezra Buchanan as he writes all through the civil war to his beloved wife Alice back in Indiana. The letters represent the entire time Buchanan was in the Union Army. The first letter is dated March 6, 1863. His last letter is dated June 4, 1865. His beloved wife Alice has written on the outside of this last envelope is his own hand, 'this is the last army letter I ever got from my dear man' and signed Alice B.
Ezra Buchanan was born Ezra F. Buchanan on January 15, 1840. He enlisted in Company D, Indiana 79th Infantry Regiment on August 7, 1862. He was promoted to full Luietnenat on March 1, 1865. He mustedred out on June 7, 1865 at Indianapolis. He died on November 24, 1875. He is buried in New London Cemetery in Ralls County, Missouri.
His beloved wife Alice was born Nancy A. Van Sickle on June 6, 1842. Alice died on November 12, 1918. She is buried in Anderson Cemetery, Warren Park, Marion County, Inidfana. I have other data that will be included in the sale about his parents and their children.
The collection has never been exposed, published or offered for sale prior to this time.
These letters are in excellent condition. No water damage, mold, mildew, silverfish, or moth holes. Most of the letters are in their corresponding envelopes that show the postmark and the stamps used at the time. Examples of some of the post marks are: Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.
He is mentioned in The War of the Rebellion on page 810 as written by Samual Beatty Brig. Gen. of Volunteers.
Excerpts of some of the letters:
March 6, 1863...Dearest Alice, I just read a letter from you today. I was glad to hear from my woman. I had just come off picket when orderly Johnson brought it to me........write to me often. All I ask is that you still love me.
March 18th, 1863 ....Camp near Murfreesboro....Dear Woman, I have just read your letter three times......I volunteered to go out with Capt. Parker and 100 men from the 9th Kentucky....remember your man, Ezra
November 9, 1863 - Chattanooga Tenn. I will try tonight to write my weekly letter as old Mr. Nelson as built us a nice fire......we go on as if the rebels were 100 miles away but the still keep throwing shells from the top of the lookout.....
August 20, 1864...Before Atlanta.....My own Dearest, Again you will be plagued with a long letter as tomorrow is letter writing day but I have promised to go with my captain to the 70th Indiana so I must write today.....yesterday I took a bath and put on my blue shirt and clean drawers and I feel fit to step in and see you if you will permit it but perhaps not as I was sick from eating too much green corn.....as soon as you get this continue to love you man is all he asks
February 20, 1965....Darling girl,...two days ago three regiments from the 79th, 86th, and 19th Ohio under command of Col. Dick from 86th started on a three day scout....Tennessee river and got on two gunboats and started up the river for about 25 miles......saw a beautiful woman with curls as long as your legs, a plump figure and gentle swelling globes, a small foot and ankle and beautiful tapering calves.....I am innocent as a child, I tell you everything and don't mean anything......Your most loving husband and a good man, Ezra
Much, much more content. I have re-written just a small part of only a few letters. The little orange posit notes were put on by the consignor. Some of the letters have a month and day, but no year. Most of the letters have month, day, and year. All are in very good condition.
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