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149 Iowa Civil War Letters Sell for $34,075 at NateDSanders.com Auctions

To auction, buy, consign or sell Iowa Civil War letters, please email Nate at Nate@NateDSanders.com or phone (310) 440-2982.  Thank you.

Iowa Civil War letters

Iowa Civil War letters are popular because Iowa was pivotal for the Union cause.  We at NateDSanders.com Auctions sold these Iowa Civil War letters a little while ago and I want to share them with you.

Large Lot of 149 Iowa Civil War Letters

149 Iowa Civil War letters from John G. Scoville of the 6th Iowa Infantry, Company F. Iowa Civil War letters date from July 1861 to June 1865. Letter datelined 20 August 1861, Camp Warren, Burlington, Iowa reads in part: “the rebel are trying to kill us by selling us peaches and pies with poisen in them There is a yong soldier strugling and dying not ten rods from me at this minet with poison” Letter datelined 4 April 1862 from Camp Shilo, Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, reads in part: “the rebbel force at Corinth 18 or 20 milds from here are stronger than i stated in my last they are 80, or 90 thousand and being reinforced daily they have chopt down the timber for 2 milds out sude of there intrenchments the place is said to be strongly fortified we are waiting for more reinforcements we now

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have one hundred and 25 thousand Gen Hallock we think will be hear soon and we will land somew brigades at the river at a place called watterloo and come in on the other side of them, our gun boats fiered on watterloo a few days since our men may besege the fortified Corinth cut off there supplies” Letter datelined 12 May 1862 from “Camp No 4 Tenn” reads in part: “We are marching to carrinth we left the old battle field At camp Shiloh Apr 29 and have not moved more than 15 milds, well it is morning before day but we must forme line of battle early every morning we expect daily to have a larger battle we are in gen Shermans brigade lots of artilery and caveldry in our rear we are ready for battle in 4 hours after we stop then put up our tents and eat our scanty alowance” Seven letters, dated August  to September 1862, are written on confiscated stationery headed “Memphis and Charleston Railroad/Report of Mississippi Central Railroad

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Freights.” Letter dated July 1863 relates to the Battle of Vicksburg: “Vixburg serenderd the 4 of July they delivered up there intire force and that was 35 thousand and 5 men and all there guns and amunition and all there other stores, well so much for that a few days since gen. Sherman slipt aronnd in the rear of Johnsons army and took 15 hundrd prisioners and 100 waggons and all there provisions so much for that, our division is in the vicinity of Jackson Miss the rebs in this regeon are on there last” Letter datelined November 1863 mentions the nearby Battle of Chattanooga: “We are with in 26 milds from Chatanooga.  Thare where the big battle is to be faught we can hear the artilery boom boom” Letter datelined 6 August 1864, “on the front line of battle in front of Atlanta 2 milds from the City,” reads in part: “i arived hear to the little remaining band of brave and true patriotic survivors of the old 6th, on the 27 of July and the next day, we had a

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battle in which Magor Enis and Capt Glriak and seven others found a soldiers grave. i am sitting in rifle pit behind the breast works whare the rebbel shels burst all around me and there musket balls whis past my head every minit there is only only 98 left of the regt for duty, they have been in 8 battles on this campaign 6 of which i was not in by being sick i cant half write and there sings another bullet through our shed of brush i had to stop writeing just now and get ready for a fight but it proved only our skirmishes advancing our company was on the skirmish line nite before last i had the pleasure of fireing 17 shots at the Johnies” Undated letter written late November or early December 1864 from Savannah, Georgia, reads in part: “Dear wife and children i have a bad woond in my rite shoulder we have ben on a long raid yes a large one from Atlanta to Savanna Shermans whole army mved down throw Georga we swept every thing before us

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(but a rebble bullet stopt me) if it had went an inch lower i would not be riteing this letter. i was wounded the 22 of Nov at the battle of Sugar Hill near Macon our brigade consusting of 6 regt had a hard fight with 5 brigades of rebs and one of our reg was not there so they had over 5 to 1 of us well the battle lasted 4 hours by that time they ware glad to give up and retreat leaveing the battle field and the dead and wounde in our hands our loss killed and wounded was only 62 while theirs was between fifteen hundred and 2 thousand” Letter datelined 11 April 1865 from Keokuk, Iowa reads in part: “gloryous news just received from Gen Grant of Lee and his whole army surrendering” John G. Scoville mustered into Company F of the 6th Iowa Infantry on 17 July 1861. He was severely wounded during Sherman’s March to the Sea on 22 November 1864, at Griswoldville, Georgia. He was discharged on 29 July 1865 at Keokuk, Iowa. During his service the 6th saw action at Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and throughout the Atlanta Campaign. Letters measure 2.75″ x 5″ to 8.5″ x 14″, with most running 1pp. each. Condition varies from fair to excellent, with some fading to ink and scattered soiling, not affecting legibility. Some are written on confiscated Confederate Railroad stationery, and more than thirty of the letters are on period-specific stationery. Also included is a group of approximately 50 additional letters showing heavy wear to edges. Overall, very good condition.  Sold for $34,075.

And we sold these Iowa Civil War letters too:

Large Lot of 42 Iowa Civil War Letters

Lot of 42 Iowa Civil War letters by George Washington Weston of the 26th Iowa Infantry, Company C. Lot includes nearly 30 letters with incredible detail concerning the battles before Vicksburg . Weston begins writing in early 1862 from aboard the Steamer Tecumseh heading to a post at the mouth of the Arkansas and concludes with the final fall of Vicksburg as he watches, “A white flag of truce come out”  George Washington Weston, a resident of Low Moor, Iowa , mustered into the 26th Iowa Infantry, Company C on 15 August 1862. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on 27 February 1863 and died of disease on 18 August of that same year. The 26th Iowa Infantry was hotly engaged in the battles and skirmishes leading up to the Battle of Vicksburg. In the 22 May assault on

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Vicksburg the regiment suffered heavily, losing nearly one-fourth of its ranks. After the fall of the city, the 26th Iowa participated in various movements and saw action at Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Rossville Gap, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Jonesboro and Lovejoy’s Station and Atlanta.  Excerpts: Letter datelined “Napoleon on Board,” 17 January 1862 reads in part: “This place is situated on the mouth of the Ark River, We come down here last night. How long we shall have to stay I do not know. The rebels captured a mail steamer when we was down on the Yazoo and took it up to the Ark River to the Post we had just captured. There was several letters found for our regiment, They were all torn and scattered about. They had lots of fun reading our letters but if they were not more decent than many we found of thiers then I am sorry. I will tell you about one that was found if I live to see you. I hate war my dear little wife. You know

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not how bad and fearful it is and hope you never will. I have lost all hope of the Government. It has always been to late for the Proclamation was put off so long that it will not accomplish much. And our generals do not enforce it but Damn the N and care less for him that they do for our team of mules and when they are allowed to go with the army they are treated worse by many of the soldiers and officers that they are on the plantations. And you cannot wonder that I am discouraged. I begin to believe that the World or the people in it are not worth saving” In a January 1863 letter, Weston writes of arriving just outside Vicksburg : “It will be a difficult place to take, but we will take it. And I don’t think we will murder everyone as before” Letter datelined Vicksburg , 23 February 1863 laments: “We shall soon have no Co. C. There are only about 20 men, the rest are all sick, dead or wounded” Letter datelined “May 23rd 1863, Camp Under the Enemy’s Works in Rear of Vicksburg” details recent skirmishes: “I am alive and well. I suppose you learned by the papers of our march to this place and the

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evacuation of Jackson The distance is about 160 miles. I stood it barely but I am well. We had a skirmish on the 18th and had some wounded. Lietenant Gaston received a slight wound in the foot. George Day was wounded in the finger. May 19th we was ordered to get in line to make a charge. You must understand that it is very hilly here and the Rebs have a line of works extending from the Yazoo to the Mississippi . 7 miles in length and our troops lay under the hills all along the whole line and are protected from enemy fire. And we are able to do some sharpshooting from the top of the bluffs and be protected. But they do not show themselves about the breast works much. But as I was telling you, we was ordered to make a charge on the 19th and the charge was to be made along the whole line. But only two brigades obeyed the order. Such a shower of shot and shell I never saw and hope never to see again. As soon as we showed ourselves the force was so heavy we could not make the charge. And then we moved under the enemy works whare the artillery of both fired and fell short over our heads. We was

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ordered to make another charge and we went in front, on the right this time. The charge was nearly the whole length and we did not get into the breast works but we hear they did get in on the extreme left. The 26th was quite fortunate for we were protected by a little hill. Charley Butler was killed shot through the head. The other regiment in our brigade suffred badly. We lay on the field until night and came off and brought out our dead and wounded. We are now laying under the hill all night and expect to be relived tonight. We think we have done our share toward the taking of Vicksburg . Excuse this letters but I am tired and writing on the rim of my hat with Rebel paper we got in Jackson . We sacked the city and burned nearly the whole of it ” Letter datelined Walnut Hills, 16 June 1863, reads in part: “When I last wrote I thought we would be in Vicksburg before I wrote again. But the Rebs still hold out. Though I think they are having a very hard time and if deserters tell the truth they cannot hold out long, they are on half ration and many are killed and wounded every day and night by our shells from the

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gunboats and motars and artillery” 21 June 1863: “I received the Valise and contents and everything you made me is a fit. I could not keep back the tears when I unpacked them. I almost thought I could see you making them. God bless you Emiline. How can I do enough to pay you for all that you have done for me. I will tell you what I will do. I will try and be a good and true man and love all mankind. I will do my duty as a soldier and if I live, I will return to you as soon as I can honorably and make you as happy as I can Yesterday we shelled the Rebs for over 4 hours along the whole line. It was the heaviest cannonading I have ever heard. I was on Picket and had a good chance to see and hear. I hope we will be in Vicksburg before I write again” 4 July 1863: “You will know before you receive this that Vicksburg is ours. The first that we knew there was any talk of surrender was yesterday about 8 O’Clock, there was a flag of truce came out on our left and Pemberton, (The rebel Commander) and Grant had an interview. And all was quiet along the lines. Pemberton was not willing to come to Grant’s terms but

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agreed to give him an answer at 10 O’Clock this morning. All was quiet and the Rebels all came up in sight on thier works wihtout thier arms and our men done the same. But we did not know until Noon they had surrenderd when they showed the white flag and came out and stacked thier arms. Then we knew that Vickburg was really ours”  In addition to the 42 letters penned by Weston, lot includes 30 letters from his wife and friends, several ambrotypes of Weston and his wife and a commission document promoting Weston to Lieutenant. A fascinating soldier archive in very good condition.  Sold for $18,850.

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