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Bud (fl. 1863) to his sister

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00653.08 Author/Creator: Bud (fl. 1863) Place Written: Bunker Hill, West Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 July 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writer is identified only as "Bud." The letter-writer calls Gettysburg "one of the Bloodiest Battles of the war." He reports on people from home and describes damages. Letter is considerably damaged by water staining with slight text loss in center.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Gettysburg, Military History, Civil War, Battle, Soldier's Letter

Sub Era: The American Civil War