Special Christmas rations provided by General Lee. Criticizes the "Yankees" for paying a bounty to recruits, remarks that Lincoln had called for another million men.
Content about speaking with Union prisoners, and about defeating the 2nd New York Cavalry in the 1863 "Battle of Jack's Shop". Boasts that General Stuart had great faith in "Cobb's Legion". Please be sure to read the full item description provided. Please see my other listings for more Active Service military letters.This is a long and outstanding original American Civil War Confederate soldier's letter, written in January 1864, near Fredericksburg, by a cavalryman who served throughout the war in the 9th Georgia Cavalry Regiment, "Cobb's Legion", in General J. Stuart's cavalry corps of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. There is excellent content in this rare letter, about General Stuart, "Yankee" prisoners, about cutting up the 2nd New York Cavalry in the Battle of Jack's Shop, about refusal to. Submit to Abe Lincoln's rule. , about General Lee, shortages and defeatism in the Confederacy, and more. This is an extraordinary original letter, certainly the finest Confederate letter that I've ever offered. This rare and outstanding original letter was written in January 1864 by William Capers Dickson, a trooper in Company I, 9th Georgia Cavalry ("Cobb's Legion"), in Stuart's Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia.
He wrote the letter to his mother in Newton City, Georgia. Dickson served throughout the war. Dickson later became a judge in Georgia, and also authored a book about Cobb's Legion and the war, entitled "John Ashton - A Story of the War", by Capers Dickson, Cobb's Legion, Foote & Davis Company 1896. Late in life Judge Wm. Capers Dickson became a prominent paricipant in the activities of Confederate veterans organizations in Georgia, and was a central figure in the erection and dedication of Confederate monuments and memorials in the state.
There is absolutely outstanding content in this letter, which Dickson wrote to his mother in January 1864. Dickson states that winter conditions in camp had not been too bad. He was alarmed be reports of defeatism in Georgia and a willingness to. , and he hoped that none of his own family shared such sentiments.
He adds that, if the soldier's in the field could carry on the people at home had no cause to grumble. We have had a remarkably pleasant winter so far in Va. It is true we have had some very cold weather.
But I have not suffered in least from it. (I hope and trust that none of our family have any such notions in their heads). If we, the soldiers in the field, are wiling to fight, why should they grumble? Dickson states that General Lee had promised his soldiers a special Christmas ration of sugar and coffee.
It had arrived, late, but Dickson didn't mind. Yesterday we received the Christmas present that Genl. Lee promised us, which was a weeks rations of sugar and coffee.
It didnt come to time, but better late than never. Dickson states that he had not yet been vaccinated for smallpox, but that there had not been any cases in his regiment so he wasn't worried. He states that the Confederate government was making clothing available to the soldiers. For which the soldiers were required to pay. He states that Confederate currency was greatly devalued, adding that the government needed to address that problem because.A country without a currency is not worth a cent. Dickson states that the poor state of the Confederate currency was the one thing that really disheartened him, and he could understand why the North thought that the Confederacy was finished. He was comforted by the fact that the United States dollar was also devalued, and contemptuous of the Union program to pay an enlistment bounty to recruits.
I have not been vaccinated yet, there has not been a case of smallpox in the regiment since last winter, and therefore the surgeon has not thought it necessary to vaccinate. The government is now furnishing clothing tolerably regular, and at a very low price.I do think that Congress ought to do something about it, for a country without a currency is not worth a cent. No wonder the Yankees think we are about to'go up the spout', when they see how our currency is depreciated, and it is that. The depreciation of our currency, more than anything else, disheartens me. I see also that the Yankee currency is greatly depreciated, by their offering eight hundred dollars bounty to all who will reenlist, and old Abe is calling for a million of men. There is still more in this extraordinary letter.
Dickson states that he had recently been speaking with some Union prisoners, some of them from the 2nd New York Cavalry, which Cobb's Legion had defeated in the 1863 Battle of Jack's Shop. Dickson boasts that the Yankees dreaded coming up against Cobb's Legion, and he adds that General Stuart considered Cobb's Legion to be some of his best fighters. I was talking to some prisoners the other night, and some of them thought that the war would end this year. By the bye, some of them were men who were fighting us at Jacks Shop, Buckland, and several other places. I had a long talk with one of them who belonged to the 2nd New York Cavalry, a regiment that we cut up badly at Jacks Shop.I reminded him of it, and he told me he was in reserve and did not participate in the engagement. Our regiment has got a name, everywhere, and the Yanks dread to meet Old Cobbs Legion. Genl Stuart says, When I want Yankees heads cut I call on Cobbs Legion. An absolutely outstanding original Civil War letter, written in 1864 by a Confederate cavalryman from Georgia who fought under General J.
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Cobb's Legion 1864" is in sale since Wednesday, June 13, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Correspondence, Mail". The seller is "vikki437" and is located in Elmwood. This item can be shipped worldwide.