Lot #233
Civil War Soldier's Letter

Soldier's letter from the day of Lincoln's assassination: "I see Eb the day General Lee give Grant his sword & give him a chunk of rebel Baken"

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Estimate: $200+

Description

Soldier's letter from the day of Lincoln's assassination: "I see Eb the day General Lee give Grant his sword & give him a chunk of rebel Baken"

ALS from a soldier in the Civil War dated to April 15, 1865, the day that President Abraham Lincoln died. Penned by “M. Fink” to his wife, the handwritten letter, 5 x 8, one page both sides, is addressed from “Camp Burkeville Station Va.,” the scene of one of the last battles in Virginia before the surrender at Appomattox. As news of Lincoln’s death had not yet reached that far south, the letter does not contain any remarks on his passing. It reads, in part: “I have just come into this camp from our great victory I am all right yet thank god Sam & Eb is all right I see Eb the day General Lee give Grant his sword & give him a chunk of rebel Baken I cant write you much this time I am so worried out I have a had horrable hard time & a great many narrow escapes from death I do think this war is over I got 4 letters when I got into camp I will answer them all when my bones & feete gets well I am oughful used up…I will be all right again in a few day & knight for 14 day fighting all the time O Magie what sights I have seen but I am amply Payed for our lovely Banner waves in Old Va thank god.” In fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Art and Literature
  • Dates: #645 - Ended October 12, 2022