Lot 384: Civil War–dated ALS in pencil, signed "Lollie E. Boardman," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 7.75, Wheatland, July 4, 1863. Letter to Rev. Gordon of Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania. In part: "I embrace my first opportunity of sending a letter to write you a line informing you of my safe arrival home. We got here safely without being mistaken by the Rebels though they seemed to be in hot pursuit all the time. I have seen quite as many of the boasted sons of our Southern States, as I have any desire to see, unless I could see them marched back as prisoners. There are no Rebels near us now. They seem to be concentrating their forces at Gettysburg, and have been fighting there for three days. The last account we had, our men were gaining and have taken six thousand prisoners. We had quite an exciting little fight in Carlisle on Wednesday evening. There were several of our men wounded—none killed. The Jamison buildings and the Gas House were destroyed by fire and some few honor marks given to some of the buildings in town by cannonball and shell. My friends have all lost considerable property, but feel willing for a still greater sacrifice, if it is needed to close this war. I have not been able to hear whether Path Valley, has been visited by the Rebels, or not. I asked a man that was here, but he said they have not crossed the mountains. I hope you have escaped, for they are not agreeable company…This is the 4th of July. I hope before the close of the day, we may duly celebrate it by sending up our sheets with those of our victorious army, & that the present struggle may end in a decisive victory to our forces. We have heard that Vicksburg and Richmond are ours, but are not certain that the report is true." In fine condition, with writing very light but legible and a trivial stain to one edge. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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