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Sale 38 Lot 326

THE BLOODY FIELDS OF ANTIETAM Superb content A.L.S., 4pp. 8vo., "Camp near Sharpsburg", Oct. 18, 1862 (the day after the battle), in which Union Cpl. William A. Straub of Co. E, 131st Pa. Infy. writes a friend vividly describing the carnage. In part: "...The dead rebels was piled up like cord wood just as they stood in line. Some had their heads blown off, others their limbs and arms, such a sight I never seen nor do I want to see it again, unless we get a hand along we came here just one day too late for the fun. I seen Albert Snyder 2 days before the fight and he was in fine spirits and now he fills a soldiers grave, so it goes...there is about 500 prisoners here wounded they are very independent they say if they ever get back they will fight again. We have very strict orders now out on picket the river is about 75 or 100 yards wide and any man seen on the Virginia side is ordered to be shot - Union or not...Sutter store was robbed of $40.00 in change, serves him right the way he charged us for everything he sold his sugar at 20 cents a pound, eggs 50 pr doz, butter 40 cts a pound, apples 5 cts a piece...This night we must go out on Picket thank God we may get a shot at the grey backs...the boys fixed a man with apples and cakes...old man went to drive off he hit the horse a cut and away went the horse and left the wagon to the mercy of the boys, they took all he had...". Very good.
Estimate $ 400-600

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