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DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTA Fine content Union soldier's letter, 4pp. 4to., Decatur, Ga., Sep. 29, 1864 in which Pvt. Erastus Winters of the 50th Ohio, later to be a prisoner at Cahawba and a survivor of the Sultana disaster, describes his recent combat experiences. In part: "...If there rebels want to come and attack us, let them come...I have never see a town [Atlanta] so completely used up by shells...I do not believe there is a house in town but what has a shell of piece of shell through it. What citizens were left had holes in the ground dug to take refuge in...As to Hood's retreat we pushed him very close ...they throwed away lots of bake ovens and corn meal, any amount of it, wagons, ambulances and stretchers lay scattered all along the road...Our corps passed several rebel hospitals on the way and to tell the truth they was a horrid sight to look on. Men lay scattered around Janesborough all through the woods; Some dead, some dying, some with their arms and legs cut off and laying there by their side. Here you could see two or three toes and there two or three fingers. They all lay there without any shelter except the blue canopy of Heaven ...We are playing the soldier now but since we left Loudon we have been playing the soldier in reality...". Very good.
Estimate $ 200-300

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