10th Virginia Infantry Letter - G. B. Samuels Gives Young Lady "A Yankee Skull"

This 4 page letter in nice dark ink was written by Greene Berry Samuels, Jr. lived in Woodstock, Virginia and enlisted on April 18th, 1861 into Company F of the 10th Virginia Infantry.  He would serve with the 10th throughout the war being CAPTURED TWICE (5/30/62 Front Royal and 9/19/64 Winchester).  He was sent to FORT DELAWARE TWICE!  Samuels was promoted 2nd Lieutenant in April of 1862 and 1st Lieut. in May of ’63.

Samuel signs the letter with his initials “G. B. S.”  We will include a copy of his 1st Manassas battle letter for absolute I.D.  It comes with the original envelope addressed to his sweetheart.  The cover has a 5 cent green Jeff Davis stamp with a Tudor Hall cancellation.  Here are the great lines:

  • “I visited the battlefield the day before we went on picket to gather some little mementoes to send you but could find nothing suitable.  There were a number of young ladies on the ground at the time.  I gave one of them a Yankee skull (a horrible present) and showed her the spot we fought on and the graves of the enemy we killed.  She certainly loved poor soldiers if I could judge from her countenance.  As I bade her good bye, she said she prayed to God for our safety.”

Chances are you will never find another Confederate letter offering a lady a Yankee skull! 

#CG376 - Price $795