Raynors HCA 2017-02
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/23/2017
War-date Union soldier's battle letter, 4pp. 8vo., written, on very rare patriotic "Let Loose The Dogs of War" stationery (the first we have encountered in the marketplace), by Musician Samuel Fleming, Co. A, 78th Penn. Vols., "Camp Wood, Green River, [KY], Dec. 18, 1861", in part: "…we are at Green River…we left Camp Negley the 10th and marched to Bacon Creek…we heard firing across the river and the long roll was beat…you ought ot have seen the Union Guards falling in double quick. Our Regt. [left] for the scene of action with three of the loudest cheers you ever heard but before we got to the river it was all over…the engagement was short and between part of an Indiana Regt and three of the Rebels. The Rebels had a battery and our men charged on them and drove them off. The loss on our side was 13 men killed and 25 wounded. The Rebel loss 85 killed. I don't know how many was wounded. Our men kept possession of the field. We marched back to our camp a little disappointed, but we had hardly time to get our supper when the long roll and the orders to fall in made the boys jump…we marched down to the river. Our Regt and the Wishonsin lay on our guns but the secesh did not show themselves so we came back to camp…there is 50 thousand men here and 20 thousand more on their way. Well Jim I was glad to hear that you were getting along so well with the good ladies around there. I was at a loss to know who the pet was that I did not use well…I am still beating the old drum…Samuel Fleming". Addressed to James C. Carnahan who later enlisted as drummer in the 78th but died of disease shortly after the battle of Murfreesboro. A bit light, else VG
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