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CIVIL WAR: CONFEDERATE. ALS: "Francis M. Eccles", 1p, 5¾x9¾. Camp Hill, Danville, 1861 July 9. To his sister, Miss Mattie C. Eccles, Davidson County, North Carolina. Original spelling. In part: "The arms that we got is an improvement on the old United States Musket. I would much rather of had the Minnie Rifle if it could have been today and the orders are for us to leave here on friday next but we will not get of till next week about monday or tuesday...The Govenor had accepted this Regiment for twelve months...." Lightly creased and stained. Folds, not at signature. Irregular, chipped left edge. Overall, fine condition. With original postmarked envelope, stamp removed, torn open at left edge. Lightly foxed. Pencil date (unknown hand) at left margin. Eccles served with the 21st Regiment N.C. Troops. Two items.

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