Cw: Huge Family Archive Of 24 Soldiers Letters (son Killed In Battle) *1862-1865 For Sale
CIVIL WAR * HUGE FAMILY ARCHIVE OF 24 SOLDIERS LETTERS * 1862 - 1865
INCLUDING AN 1863 LETTER TELLING THE MOTHER HER SON WAS KILLED IN BATTLE !
THIS ARCHIVE ALSO INCLUDES : REGIMENTAL AND PATRIOTIC ENVELOPES,
OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS AND BOOKS !
THIS IS THE CIVIL WAR ARCHIVE OF 24 LETTERS OF THE HILL FAMILY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE MOST OF THESE LETTERS WERE WRITTEN TO MRS. SARAH M. HILL OF RAYMOND NEW HAMPSHIRE.
THERE ARE FOUR FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE UNION ARMY WRITING TO HER:
HER HUSBAND, ROBERT HILL AND HER TWO SONS , JOHN AND WILLIAM
AS WELL AS HER BROTHER SAMUEL BARTLETT
THIS HUGE FAMILY ARCHIVE IS COMPOSED OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS :
A TOTAL OF 24 LETTERS ; 27 PATRIOTIC OR REGIMENTAL OR STAMPED ENVELOPES
3 BOOKS ; PRAYER/PSALM AND POETRY BOOKS PLUS 4 OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS
HERE ARE THE MILITARY RECORDS OF THESE FOUR MEN ;
PRIVATE, JOHN H. HILL (18 YEARS OLD) ENLISTED DECEMBER 9, 1861 NH 8TH INFANTRY
KILLED IN ACTION , MAY 27, 1863 PORT HUDSON , LA ( 12 LETTERS )
PRIVATE, WILLIAM E. HILL (18 YEARS OLD) ENLISTED AUGUST 8, 1862 NH 11TH INFANTRY
MUSTERED OUT JUNE 4, 1865 ALEXANDRIA , VA ( 8 LETTERS )
PRIVATE, ROBERT HILL (44 YEARS OLD) ENLISTED AUGUST 12, 1862 NH 10TH INFANTRY
TRANSFERRED NOVEMBER 15, 1864 INTO 4TH CO. VETERANS RESERVE CORPS
DISCHARGED FOR DISABILITY ON DECEMBER 29, 1864 NEW YORK , NY ( 1 LETTER )
(HE SERVED IN NEW YORK DURING THE DRAFT RIOTS !)
PRIVATE, SAMUEL BARTLETT ( HER 21 YEAR OLD BROTHER)
ENLISTED DECEMBER 20, 1861 NH 8TH INFANTRY
WOUNDED MAY 27, 1863 PORT HUDSON LA ( 1 LETTER )
THERE ARE ALSO TWO LETTERS (ONE EACH) FROM HIS COMMANDING OFFICER
AND A SOLDIER FAMILY FRIEND
THESE LETTERS CONTAIN A LARGE AMOUNT OF WAR CONTENT (THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT BASIS FOR A BOOK ON ONE PATRIOTIC FAMILY'S WAR SACRIFICES)
THIS IS AN EXTRACT FROM THE POINGNANT 1863 LETTER
TO JOHN'S MOTHER TELLING HER OF HIS DEATH :
MARINE HOSPITAL , JUNE 1st 1863 ; TO MRS. SARAH M. HILL : . . . for it is sad news to a mother to hear that her son is shot by the Rebels. . . he was a good soldier and as brave as the bravest . . . he lived half or three quarters of an hour after he was shot in the left breast. Rich and George are wounded slightly, your brother Sam was all right when Rich left . They are going to charge the Rebels works at Port Hudson today. There is not more than 150 (men) left of the 8th NH (Regiment). . . so good bye and may the blessings of God help you bear this sad news is the sincere wishes of John. (signed) Corporal W. A. Holmes, of Co. D 8th Regiment N.H. Vols.
I WILL ENDEAVOR TO GIVE YOU JUST SOME EXCERPTS FROM A FEW OF THESE LETTERS :
. . . the Rebels fairly surrounded us over there with about 2,000 men they were all insite when we left they had 10 pieces of Artillery and Two Companies of Guerrillas. . . the War aint going to last much longer (with) Gen. Banks in command . . . the news in the delta is that they have taken Vicksburg . . . when the boys get home they all say they will kill the first man that says a word (against) the poor niggers. . . . Fort Warren is in plain site . . .I get paid in about 10 days and I will send it all home you may have what you want to use . . . we have taken 2,000 to 3,000 prisoners. . . the breast works here is 7 miles long it reaches from the Mississippi River over to Lake Pochetrain . . . General Butler took a large amount of money, though he is providing for the whole of New Orleans . . . We have had some pretty good news they have had a hot fight in Richmond and our men took thousands of prisoners . . .you say that you want me not (to) get shot, I shall try and do the best I can but I can't promise you that for the Rebels are almighty careless with their bullets . . . We are in General Sherman's Brigade now he took command yesterday. . . Gilford Gilmond was shot dead and George Witherall and Daniel R. Bean they have all died since we have been gone from Camp (Parapet) . . . we have had a bad fight here it lasted two hours and ten minutes I tell you the balls flew around my head pretty thick . . . the 8th Vermont had their fight and 200 of them got taken prisoner . . . they were made to dig their own graves and then they shot them. I have seen their graves . . . I have a Rifle that I got when we had a fight, it is a 7 shot revolving barrel Rifle it is such as their Cavalry had . . .(New York) last week there was a Bounty Jumper jumped out of a fourth story window. Another one has that has jumped 19 bounties . . . the Detective Bureau had him back and have got him a ball and chain . . . Well Sis I saw an awful sight we had a man here and he tried to desert to the Rebels and he was Court Marshalled and sentenced to be shot and we marched him to his grave it was pretty hard I tell you .
THIS UNIQUE ARCHIVE WOULD MAKE A SUPERB ADDITION
TO ANY MUSEUM OR COLLECTION ! !
I AM ALSO INCLUDING ALL OF MY HISTORICAL RESEARCH !
offer WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE ! !
YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED ! !
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