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ILLUSTRATED LETTER FROM THE PENINSULA CAMPAIGN Fine content illustrated A.L.S. of Union Sgt. Heman H. Burpee of the 4th Maine Infantry, 2pp. 4to., near Yorktown, Apr. 8, 1862 in pencil to one of his parents. In part: "...We are now face to face with the enemy, their batteries in plain sight about a mile distant...the Rebels can and have been throwing shot and shell among us and over us but as yet no attack...Saturday Griffins Battery was shelling the Rebels on our left, lost I hear four men...Part of Berdan's Sharpshooters are in front of our Division and are doing wonders in picking off Rebel artillerists...deserters from them say they are 40,000 strong, and are strongly fortified and heavier guns. We have acres of field artillery but so far I have seen no siege guns...we can communicate with our gun boats...Thomas Snowdeal...went out to get a better sight...a shot from one of their guns struck a fence and knocked a rail against him. He lived some 3 hours...when an attack is made we shall be the first in the fight...if I fall pray for me and help protect my poor children...". At bottom Burpee sketches Yorktown and the York River, Confederate batteries, location of Union regiments, and the Union lines encircling the city. Very good. Four months later Burpee was captured during the battle of Second Manassas.
Estimate $ 400-600

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