Raynors HCA 2018-06
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A great early war-date Union volunteer's letter, 4pp. 4to., written by Pvt. Ira F. Gensel, Co. I, 25th Penn. Vols., [2nd Lt. 4th United States Regular Infantry, MWIA Fredericksburg, Va., 12/13/62 died 12/28/62], "Camp Monocacy, Banks of Potomac, July 2, 1861", in part: "…we took up our line of march and reached this camp about 6 P. M. The country through which we passed is well cultivated and the farmers are busily engaged making hay and harvesting…we saw one or two American flags which were heartily cheered by our boys. At one farm house an old farmer came out to see us. He told us that he could procure no flag…that his heart was with us and that he would do the best he could for us if we would halt. The command was given and his slaves were sent into bring us provisions which consisted of pies, cakes, milk etc…before marching on the band played several tunes and the old farmer proposed three cheers for the Union. May he live to see all our National difficulties settled…before we started the master of our slave came after him. The poor fellow was ready and will to do anything we desired…and we were sorry to see him go. His master professed to be a Union man…the Secessionists here are bold and imprudent and don't appear to care much for us soldiers. The regiment encamped here before we came and which started for Harpers Ferry…killed about 60 of the rebels…a few days ago…I went down to the river and on the opposite shore I saw their picket guard parading…a secret expedition is getting ready to start out and prevent a surprise of our camp. The Capt. [William Watts Hart Davis, colonel 104th Penn. and brevet brigadier general] is the officer of the guard tonight and is away attending to his duties and left me alone in his markee. I cant sleep. I have laid down and tried but there is no use…[Jul 3d, 1861]…all quiet in camp. We march this afternoon to Point of Rocks from there we expect to go to Harpers Ferry when we will invade Virginia. Stirring times are ahead for us. The Rebels must now either run or fight…Ira F. Gensel…". The original stamped transmittal cover is included. Minor toning, else VG.
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The Pennsylvania Militia Invade Virginia; A Slave Owner (Who Can't Find An American Flag) Plies Them With Cakes, Pies and Milk!

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Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $245.00
Estimate: $400 - $600
Auction closed on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

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