CIVIL WAR - UNION - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/07/1863 - HFSID 217009
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: UNION SOLDIER. A soldier writes home about the disastrous consequences of the Union loss at the Battle of Chancellorsville. ALS: "George Boyles", 2p, 4¾x7½. Camp Near Falmouth, Va, 84 Regt P V Comp[any] E, 1863 May 7. Begins: "Dear Mother
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THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: UNION SOLDIER. A soldier writes home about the disastrous consequences of the Union loss at the Battle of Chancellorsville. ALS: "George Boyles", 2p, 4¾x7½. Camp Near Falmouth, Va, 84 Regt P V Comp[any] E, 1863 May 7. Begins: "Dear Mother". In full, with original spelling and grammar: "As I have a few fiew leisure moments I address you a few lines to let you know that I am well at present, and hope you are enjoying the same blessing. Wee crossed the river and had an Awfull Fight, our Regiment is all cut to pieces, there is four privates remaining in Company E, Same Abe is wounded in the leg and taken prisoner, jim Rule, , danl s lucus, and prity Near all the Regiment is taken prisoner, lieut Stienman is wounded. Jim Reoller Came out safe, all that did get out fought their way out, our Regiment was etirely surrounded. Gen Hooker recrossed the river but is not whiped, Wee are under marching orders now. We will out General them yet. You can look for stirring news before long. dont fret youre self to death, if you dont hear from me evry day, for it is impossible to write on a march. The 110th Regts Cornel was killed. Wee lost none of our field officers yet, the 125 Regt was in the fight. I think scot came out safe jim hunk is wounded. Nothing is more at present. Yours truly." Lightly stained on verso of blank integral leaf, which has 2 pinhead-size holes at cross folds. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by original 5½x3 envelope, addressed by Boyles to: "Mrs Mary Boyles/Williamsburg/Blair Co/Penna." Lightly shaded at lower and right edges, touching writing. Lightly soiled and stained. Torn open at left edge. The losses mentioned in this letter had taken place during the Battle of Chancellorsville, which had taken place from May 1-5, 1863. Considered by some as one of Robert E. Lee's greatest victories, the rout of Union forces was a stepping-stone to the Confederate General's invasion of Pennsylvania (and the Battle of Gettysburg) in late June of that year. On January 25, 1863, Major General JOSEPH HOOKER had replaced Ambrose Burnside as Commander of the Army of the Potomac. "Fighting Joe" improved the discipline and training of Union forces and immediately set his sights on defeating Lee. It was his plan to cross the Rappahannock River to cut off Lee's forces, who were still in quarters near Fredericksburg, the site of the last great Union defeat (December 1862). Some 60,000 Union troops, under the command of Union Generals Meade, Slocum and Howard, moved out of their Falmouth camps on April 26 in preparation of a river crossing no later than April 28. As the Union forces began moving into their positions, the Confederates were alerted to their presence and the first fighting broke out on May 1. By May 4, Hooker had planned his escape route back across the United States Ford of the river. By the time the battle was over, some 30,000 men had been killed, wounded or captured, including 17,287 Union troops. Among the Confederate losses was Lee's "right hand man", Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, who was mistakenly wounded by his own troops. Jackson contracted pneumonia and died on May 10, just three days after this letter. Folds, vertical fold touches the "g" in George. Two items.
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