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GETTYSBURG LETTER FROM A SOLDIER CONDEMNED TO DEATH AND SAVED BY LINCOLN Rare letter written by a soldier just days after the battle of Gettysburg, who would later be sentenced to death and have his sentence commuted by Abraham Lincoln. Pvt. Albert J. Persons of Co. G and E, 94th N.Y. Infy. writes his father, 3pp. 8vo., "Camp near Emitsville, Pa.", July 6, 1863 in (sloppy) pencil in part: "...I have been in the fight and can not learn I cannot give you the particulars. Now we are in the same brigade when the rebels invaded Maryland every man had to go that could so the 94 had to go we have now in the regt 163 men and 150 men taken prisoners the remainder all killed and wounded the most high saw fit to spare me this time...husband and father of four children my brother and your son has departed this life on the first of July about ten o'clock in the morning a ball from the rebels have laid him low...". On Sept. 4, 1863 the unfortunate Persons was caught sleeping while on picket duty near Beverly Ford. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Luckily, his sentence was commuted by Lincoln, and he was returned to duty on Jan. 5, 1864.
Estimate $ 400-600

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