Raynors HCA 2017-02
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/23/2017
Union soldier's war-date letter, 4pp. 8vo., written, on "Long may it wave" patriotic stationery, by Pvt. William W. Smith, Co. H, 8th Illinois Vols., [later KIA Shiloh 4/6/62 as a member of the 32nd Illinois Vols. Buried Shiloh National Cemetery Grave No. 1550], Camp Defiance, Cairo, Ill., May 30, 1861, in part: "…Mr. A. E. H. Surber is here at this…time & is aging to start home tomorrow…I have [had] a good joke on Andy [Mr. Surber]. Him & me went down…to see the cannons…he had his head down alooking in one & as good luck would have it there was a boat coming down the river when another cannon was fired rite close to him…you ought to a seem him jumped…he jumped about two feet high…we devel him good about it. He is pretty devel but he had no business of commencing on us soldiers…William W. Smith…". The original patriotic cover with the same "Long may it wave" cachet is included. VG
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