US 65 on 1864 Civil War cover with enclosed letter --- black Beaufort Jan 22 186? (January - 1864 - South Carolina) double circle dated postmark at upper center and concentric circles cancel tying stamp to cover --- addressed to Mr. Madison, Morris County, New York --- diagonal creases at left corners (from front) --- some soiling --- cover torn open and reduced at right (from front). Letter is dated Beaufort, South Carolina, January 19th, and begins, Friend George --- the writer says, I Rec[eived] a letter from you this Morning was glad to hear from you also glad to hear that you are all well. I have very good times not much to do.He reflects, But you think that is the Reason I voted for Abe. But when I voted for him the first time I had a better job than I have now. " --- he explains, "I had to work. But I had a better job soon after when I worked for M. He informs, Enclosed in your letter was one for Mrs. Eastman to go to Savanna[h] I went to the Provost M and asked him if it would go safe. He told me it would.
So I put it in the Post Office. " --- he assures, "If Mrs. Eastman is in Savanna[h] she will get it in a few days. " --- he adds, "There is some talk of our Regt going to Savanna[h] if they do I will go with them.
Perhaps I could see Mrs. I would like to see her very much. But I think you will see her in Madison before I get to Savanna[h]. He anticipates, George I have only got 7 Months to put in then it is quite likely I will see you. I shall not re[enlist] 3 years is enough for me.
Beef 60 cts every thing is very high. " --- he explains this is because, "There is so many of Sherman[']s men goin[g] through Beaufort --- he sends news and good wishes --- signed, From a friend, ? March 8th in script on top of front page. Historical note: From nearly the beginning of the American Civil War, the city of Beaufort, South Carolina, was in Union hands. An amphibious invasion in November 1861 made it a Union beachhead in the Deep South, and as a consequence was spared the wholesale destruction suffered by other Confederate cities during the war.
During Reconstruction, it was also one of the last holdouts of the Republican Party in the Solid South, including electing Robert Smalls to Congress; he was one of the first African-Americans to hold such an office. For details, see: wikipedia/wiki/History_of_Beaufort, _South_Carolina.
The reference in this letter to "Sherman's men" is undoubtedly a reference to the campaign led by Major General William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia, from November 15 to December 21, 1964, and thereby indicates the year this letter was written. His "March to the Sea" has become infamous, particularly in the postwar South, for its destructiveness, but this is misleading. Every step of his skillfully planned campaign threatened multiple valuable targets, thereby dividing his opposition and facilitating his progress. During the campaign, he ordered the destruction of military targets as well as such legitimate military and economic targets as industry, transportation networks, and other infrastructure but also civilian property. This destruction devastated the Confederate war making capacity, particularly their supply lines, and hastened the end of the war.For details, see: wikipedia/wiki/Sherman%27s_March_to_the_Sea; DARK STRIP ACROSS BOTTOM OR SIDES IS THE PLASTIC HOLDER IN THE SCAN. If you win more than one item, please wait for an invoice. After you have paid for the item and we have posted your lot from a US Post Office, we send notification that your item was mailed.
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