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October 29, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Lot 296: 1861 Civil War Superb Content Annapolis Naval Letter(51 views)
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Civil War Union Letters
1861 Civil War Superb Content Annapolis Naval Letter
October 16, 1861-Dated, Civil War Period, Historic Content Manuscript Letter, 4 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", Choice Extremely Fine.
Superb Letter from a lieutenant in Co. D., 3rd Regt. N.H. Vols, at Annapolis. It reads, in part:
"Sherman's whole Division is here, in all about 16,000 men... then there is Cavalry and Artillery. Sherman's own famous brass Battery that was at Bulls Run is here and a fine thing it is. A Naval epidition is already planned to the no. of 30 or 35000 men to proceed South in gunboats & Transports as far as Fortress Monroe then far South as Cape Hatterass & perhaps to the Gulf, to Fort Pickens or New Orleans.... Yesterday I had a detail of 100 men loading coal... & this morning we had 350 tons of coal aboard the transports & any quantity of baggage.... We had another fine flag presented us today, the handsomest we have received yet. The city of Annapolis is the dirtiest, lowest, meanest god forsaken hole I ever saw for a city.... You remove the Naval Accdy, St. John's College, the State House and two or three private buildings and you have nothing remaining but nigger huts.... There is only one wharf of any sise & that will not admit a 1500 ton Ship.... The State House... is the building where Washington resigned his commission.... The Naval School is a most splendid thing.... The Mass. 21st has been quartered there for 8 weeks...."