CIVIL WAR - UNION - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/21/1864 - HFSID 217029
Sale Price $324.00
"THE EXPEDITION WAS SUCCESSFUL COMPLETELY DESTROYING TWENTY MILES OF THE RAILROAD AND RETURNING TO CAMP WITHOUT A FIGHT."
CIVIL WAR: UNION. GEORGE BOYLES. ALS: "George", 1p, 5x8, front and verso. Camp 84th Regt Comp E, Near Bevery'sFord Va., 1864 December 21. To his mother, in part with misspellings: "I received the boots from Shinefelt. They are just a neat fit and every person that has seen them pronounced them good. I thank you for them. I almost forgot to acknowledge the receipt of two Registers. We have just got comfortably fixed when we come back from the Raid. We built new quarters. Our tent is about twelve feet in length & six in brength with a chimney a bout five feet wide a about four to the mantlepeice. at the right of the chimney is a door. which is swung on leather hinges. the Bunk is in the back part of the tent and extends across it. between the Bunk and chimney is the writing Desk. The tent is built about five feet high with logs chunked plastered and covered with canvas. this is our abode for the present. how long we will remain here no one knows. The 84" did not lose any men on the late expedition in fact no Regiment lost any except Stragler's. the infantry did no fighting. The expedition was successful completely destroying twenty miles of the Railroad and returning to Camp without a Fight. I think our regiment and the 57' will be consolidated. I have nine months to serve from the 15' December." Although Boyles had good luck on his railroad expedition, just two days earlier, (December 19), General Sheridan sent General Thomas Torbert with 8000 men to move against The Virginia Central Railroad. They met strong resistance along the line and withdrew on December 23. At the same time both the troops of Sheridan an Early were reduced as some were diverted to Petersburg. Meanwhile Sherman sent President Lincoln a memorable message on December 22: "I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah". With original purple envelope, soiled but addressed to Mrs. Mary A. Boyles, Williamsburg, Blair Co., Pennsylvania. Three-cent Washington stamp affixed with Washington, DC, December 24 postmark. Letter shows folds, with some ink smudging, else fine.
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