2024-01 Raynors Americana Auction
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Confederate soldier's 4pp. letter written by Alonzo Adams Vanderford who enlisted in Co. D, 21st South Carolina as a sergeant, was promoted to 2nd C in May 1862. He was wounded on July 11, 1863 in the First Battle of Fort Wagner. He was again wounded on June 24, 1864 during the siege of Petersburg and had his leg amputated in a hospital at Petersburg. He died on 28 July 1864. Dateline, Fort Johnson, September 4th 1863. In part, "This morning I write you a few lines to let you know that I am not very well at this time but I hope this will find you well. I have not done any duty for nearly a week and don't expect to do any for a few days to come. ... I don't think that our regiment will go back to Wagner in some time. The health of the regiment is bad this time, Only about 200 men [are fit] for duty on account of getting wet for three days and nights and keeping on their wet clothes and there are two new Brigades here now and they are now taking their turn at Wagner. The old place holds out yet and is still strong enough to keep the Yanks back and we all now think Charleston safe from the water side and enough of men to keep them off from the sand side. But as my house is for sale, I had better not put too good a face on it. I don't think that they can ever take the place. They may throw shells into and burn some of the houses, but that will not be taking it. ... General Beauregard was over here the other day and seems to be very sanguine of the result but he don't try much-just looks and thinks. I never saw him before. He is a good man, I think, and the troops all have strong confidence in him. ....
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The Sergeant Writes Home While Recuperating form His Wounds

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Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $312.50
Estimate: $500 - $750
Auction closed on Sunday, January 21, 2024.
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