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Outstanding 5th Tennessee Infantry (CSA) 14 letter grouping including 7 letters written by Captain William Henry Wilson, Co. A, 5th Tennessee, one letter written by B.F. Taylor of Co. A, 5th Tennessee to Captain Wilson, and 6 letters written by family members. Also included is a 7" x 5" 1921 photograph identified as " Relatives of Capt. W.H. Wilson at his funeral in Notasulga, Alabama in 1921 (22?)". Every family member in the photograph is identified on the reverse. The War time letters from family members include war news, updates on men enlisting etc., and span the entire war. Captain Wilson's letters & B. F. Taylor's letter span the period of May 12 1864 - to February 20th 1865 with much detail on the Atlanta Campaign and finish with a letter written 9/20/65 as Captain Wilson is attempting to get home"…I learn that any neighborhood is in a dreadful fix dangerous for a soldier to pass thru from here to Paris on foot….". While all the letters contain good content, Wilson's letter of August 17, 1864 is spectacular in content and is transcribed here; "In the ground near Atlanta, Ga. Aug 17th, 1864. Mrs. N. E. Wilson, My dearest Lizzie, It is again with the greatest of pleasure to know that I am yet spared to converse with you by letter. Heavy skirmishing still going on day & night. Last night & night before we fought more or less all nights - Atlanta was set on fire both nights from shells but little damage done to the city. Several citizens both men, women, and children has been killed in the city from Yankee shells. There is more gofer holes in town that ever I saw. Every person have got holes dug in the ground for protection, we have a large army to face but we are all in the best of spirits & willing to fight at any day or hour. Atlanta never will fall while General Hood has Comd of the army. Gen. Wheeler is now on the rear of. Sherman burned Marietta with several days rations also torn up, several miles of railroad. If I was a betting man I would bet 50,000 dollars if I was worth it that Sherman is beyond Chattanooga in less than one month. We have three brigades coming to our help from Taylor's Army. I have seen nor heard from Mr. Vaughn since the day I got here. I would like so much to see him but have no chance of visiting. All we have to do is ly in the ditches, go on picket & fight like thunder. We are losing many men but not so many as the Yanks. Our boys shoot much better than the enemy. My company was on picket and one of the boys & a Yank got to shooting at each other then would holler & ask how close he came. This was keep up for some time then my man shot & asked how close he came. The Yanks standing by remarked "God Dam it you killed him" which was true for all the boys saw the Yank fall. They make a bargain some times to quit shooting & trade some then they will meet on half way grounds & trade. Our boys will swap tobacco for pocket knives, watches, or any thing they have. The Yanks will give any thing they have for tobacco. I must close my badly written epistle with the promise to do better the next time. My arm has got worse & gon to running again as bad as ever. Give my love to Ma & Pa & all the family. Tell Helen I have the ----book. Yes that Howard has not got back from the hospital. Yes Mr. Taylor & Oliver send their respects to you and say your (tin) type is the prettiest thing they ever saw. Farewell may we both live to meet again is the prayer of your devoted H, W.H. Wilson. In addition to the aforementioned 14 letters are a post war letter, partial war time letter and an 1859 Alabama legal document. Very good.

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Lot number: 197
Seller: Milestone Auctions
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