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Boyle, William H. (fl. 1863) to Isaac H. McCauley

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09180.02 Author/Creator: Boyle, William H. (fl. 1863) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: July 5, 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Gettysburg's aftermath. "the rebs have stripped this valley of everything...there is not enough left for the people to live on for two weeks. Both railroads are destroyed. All the new depot buildings are down. Many farms are destroyed by roads over them or encampments upon them...The outrages committed on private property and on individuals have been dreadful. Murder rape, robbery and arson are the names by which you designate a few of their atrocities. Gen. Lee's orders to respect private property was laughed at by the villains that compose his army..."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Gettysburg, Union Forces, Confederate States of America, Railroad, Military History

Sub Era: The American Civil War