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Sale 38 Lot 332

YANKEES TEAR UP LYNCHBURG, VA. Fine content civilian's letter, 2pp. 4to. on rare Treasury Note Bureau letterhead, Columbia, S.C., July 16, 1864, cross-written, in which a female civilian originally from Richmond passes on distressing news from Lynchburg. In part: "...I have just received a letter from sister Helen telling us of the Yankees' raid near them. Their house was shelled very severely so much so that it was not safe for them to remain at home...She with the children & Buncy went into Lynchburg and stayed a few days...A shell passed entirely through the basement of their house and a minie ball went through the wall of the dining room falling at the side of Dr. Walthall's chair. Mrs. Bocock's house was injured more than theirs. The wretches went to another place of Dr. Walthall's and stole their mules...went to her house two or three thousand strong. They did not know the Yankees were on their road until half an hour before they came to the house & of course did not have time to hide much but they went to work & buried most of her silver & after a long persuasion induced uncle George to go to the woods with the boys & horses, thus they saved them...then 2 or 3000 men & officers came...entered the house & commenced a general search...Broke open trunks, chairs, boxes, etc. & stole whatever suited their fancy. They took all of George & William's clothes, a gold chain of George's, all her knives & some forks & spoons...they stole all of her tinware leaving her without any thing to make tea or coffee. But fortunately they did not destroy her furniture or house or crops...They then went to the smokehouse & stole all of her meat, saddle and harness, servants' clothes and shoes, and carried on wholesale robbery...". Fine condition.
Estimate $ 400-600

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