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MOSBY'S RAIDERS CAPTURE AND BURN A TRAIN Fine content Union soldier's letter, 6pp. 8vo., Manassas Junction, Va., May 31, 1863 in which Pvt. Elisha P. Boutwell of Co. A, 16th Vt. Infy. Writes his family describing a raid by Mosby's Partisan Rangers. In part: "...We went to where General Beauregard had his headquarters it is a large brick house we went all over the different rooms and went up and looked out of the roof as there was a trap door for that purpose...hear it there was a man dressed in citizens dress came out of the woods and stopped close to the road and just before the train got to him he pulled on a rope and moved a rail so the Engine run off and just then the rebs fired a cannon into the Engine. They had a guard from the 15th and the Lieut jumped from the cars and ordered his men to take care of themselves the best they could and according to reports they all skedaddled and did not attempt to protect the train from being destroyed so the rebs rallied and set fire to the train and burned ten cars loaded with supplies mostly grain and hay. It was the famous Mosby or his men that done it but the report of the cannon roused the soldiers about there and in a short time there was a lot of cavalry after him...Co.s of the first Vt Cavalry or about 40 men from them went in pursuit and the captured their cannon and killed some I believe, don't know how many. There was some one hundred and fifty of the Vt Cavalry went past here this morning, were going to Fairfax Court House they had the brass piece the captured were going to present to General Stall. It was a small piece but was a 12 pounder mounted on little old wheels that looked rather crazy....". Some dockets at top of first page, else very good.
Estimate $ 400-600

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