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YANKEES ROB CHURCHES IN VIRGINIA Good content Union soldier's letter, 3pp. 8vo., Camp Sedgwick, Va., Jan. 21 (1864), in which Daniel A. Hardy of the 2nd R.I. writes a lady friend: "...We have a church to accommodate the people who are inclined to attend and it was but half completed...yesterday there was a of one hundred and fifty men to go to Jefferson and get 8 loads of boards. It is ten miles out there and five from the picket line....we was fired upon by some dozen cavalry...some flankers and skirmishers were immediately thrown out...twenty shots were exchanged...they bothered us for about a mile when we had no further trouble with the sneaking rascals. I can't blame them for trying to hurt someone who for it is a shame to destroy their buildings. We tore down one store...and robbed a church of 12 pews to put in our church...some of the foraging parties that go out even tore down the dwellings over the heads of families...". Very good. Seemingly in retribution, it was an unseen power that saw to it that Handy would be wounded at the Wilderness on May 6, 1864 (he would, however, live until 1888).
Estimate $ 200-300

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