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Sayles, Sumner (fl. 1862-1868) to Isora Sayles

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.32.04 Author/Creator: Sayles, Sumner (fl. 1862-1868) Place Written: Abbeville, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: circa 1862 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 20 x 24.6 cm.

Informs his sister about the condition of a friend of theirs named Spencer. Writes that the last time he saw Spencer was back at the junction in the hospital and that he heard that he was really sick. Notes that a gentleman told him that Spencer did not know anything at all for four days but that he has since improved. Comments that the rebels burned down the depot at Abbeville, Mississippi just before they arrived. Reports that several thousands of dollars were lost in property. They managed to save about 100 dollars in horse shoes, sugar molasses, and iron pots. Apologizes for not sending the letter immediately but explains that he did not know if his letter would make it through or not due to the rebels. The envelope has an image of an eagle and two flags with a boat in the background.

Sumner Sayles enlisted as a private on 9 August 1862. He mustered into "H" Co. IL 95th Infantry. He mustered out on 17 August 1865.

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