1864 LETTER WRITTEN BY A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER DESCRIBING PRISONER EXECUTIONS NEAR GREENVILLE, NC

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6 1/4" x 7 1/4" 2 pp letter in pencil housed in 18" x 25 1/2", modern, double-sided frame. Frame has a few scratches. Letter is in excellent condition, fold lines, light scattered foxing. No definite identification has been made on the author of the letter, further research certainly a possibility.

Dated "Near Greenville NC February 12th 1864", the letter reads in part:

Miss Maggie Reynolds:
Esteemed Friend
Yours of a recent date has been rec'vd. I was very glad to hear from one I esteem so highly. And would have writeen sooner but ___ circumstances prevented me from doing so. Since I last wrote we have had quite an exciting time in this portion of our state. About the first of this month our Army (about ten or twelve thousand in number) advanced uppon Newburn evidentiy with the intention of captureing that place but they found it too strongly fortified and did not try to take it. We captured about three hundred prisenors Some of them formerly belonged to our Army. Them ____ were indentified as such nine immediately hung. The war in this portio of the State is fast commencing a terrible form. Near every day witnesess the execution of some one. But I hope before many months have pass away the enemy will see the insanity of this determination. And will acknolwedge to us our inherent and indispensible right of self government and terminate a war that has already draped in mourning every household throughout our once happy and prosperous land.....
Very Respectfully
Your Friend
Paul Harvey [?]

Framed along with a Civil War period cover, no stamp or postmark; pre-printed at upper left corner, "WATSON'S GALLERY / OF / Photographic Art, / RALEIGH, N. C.". Written in ink is "Col. A. C. Coombs [?]". Also in the frame is a CDV of a young woman identified as "Maggie" on the reverse, the person to whom the letter is written. Backmark is also Watson's Gallery of Raleigh. CDV and cover are also in very fine condition.

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