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DESERTERS ARE HANGED Fine content A.L.S., 6pp. legal folio, Petersburg, Dec. 14, 1864 in which Chas. Aughenbaugh of the 20th Illinois writes his wife. In part: "...The commenced getting ready to hang 2 deserters...[who had] went to the Rebels and fought against us when our men took them prisoners again...they were hung in the presence of about 7,000 soldiers...they marched out to the gallows with a very firm step and went up on the scaffold as though they were going to see the last they were blindfolded and the ropes put around their necks when every eye was turned towards them to see them drop, at last the word was given and the poor creatures were swung from time into eternity...we remained there until we got marching order again...". Very good.
Estimate $ 200-300

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