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Lot 55: Abner Doubleday
Rare Autograph, Manuscripts & Book & Aviation Auction
27 October 2016
Miami, FL, USA
ALS, one page, lightly-lined both sides, 4.75 x 8, August 7, 1882. Letter to George Bliss who led the 1st Regiment of the R.I. Cavalry in the Battle of Middleburg, June 17–19, 1863, part of the Gettysburg campaign. In part: “In reference to the criticism by Chaplain Denison you had the kindness to send me, I would like to correct the Roster of the 2d. R. I. Infantry. Did Colonel Horatio Rogers command it at Gettysburg? I will substitute your name as leading the advance on the retreat from Middleburg instead of that of Captain Bixbie. The account I gave if I remember rightly was taken in a great measure from reports in The Rebellion Record…I would like to purchase the work referred to in the criticism called Sabres and Spurs. If it is for sale in your town, would it be asking too much to have you forward it to me at Morristown N. J. by express marked C. O. D.…I hardly know where to look for an account of the charge of the 2d. R. I. Infantry at Salem Heights but will try and find the official report of the Colonel if it is published…I consulted General Newton and General Shaler in reference to the operations of the 6th Corps.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature. Letter originates from the Collection of Elisha Hunt Rhodes.
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