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Sale 55: United States Postal History

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United States Civil War Postal History

Lot 1938

"Rosedale, Oct 19th 1863" (Kansas), dateline on lengthy well written 4p. letter with mournful contents from woman who lost her Union Officer husband in July and then all of their savings in a bank at Lawrence Kans. when Quantrill sacked the town in August, content includes: "I often thought since this war commenced that I should be willing to send forth my boys to the conflict, if there were old enough to aid on the battlefield, but I never for one moment dreamed that I should sacrifice my husband…A year ago he received his commission from the President as commissary of Brigade with rank of Captain & was ordered off to join the "Army of Frontier" then in Arkansas…He was serving in Col. Phillips Indian Brigade…brought with him an offer from Col. Phillips for me to join their Expedition as army correspondent insuring me at least $5.00 a letter…Since the war began he was in two severe engagements with col. Phillips; escaped the shells & muskets of the enemy to be cut down, with that fell destroyer that slays more than the sword. He died of fever on the 5th July…He had saved all his earnings for the past year & they were deposited for safety in the Lawrence Bank, to be all destroyed by the fiends on that fatal day…it seems that only "Citizens of Lawrence" can claim any interest in the immense sums contributed all over the country for the relief of sufferers through the raid…We are surrounded by terrors untold. There are sympathizer & allies of the fiends lurking in our midst…We found our noble horse dead in the stable a few mornings since…We have had $700 worth of horses stolen or killed since we came to Kansas…" and much more, Very Fine (no photo).
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $290

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