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13th New Hampshire Inf. - Private Joseph H. Prime Gives a Graphic Description of the Battle of Fredericksburg - "One house in particular I counted 54 shot holes in it... all torn to pieces" - Sends Home a Piece of Ivory from a Destroyed Piano "to remember Fredericksburg by"
This letter, four pages in nice dark ink, is headed, “Camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia, Wednesday morning December 17th, 1862”.  Private Joseph H. Prime, Company F, of the 13th New Hampshire Infantry, is writing home to his wife.  Prime was a 23-year-old shoe maker and a resident from Strafford, New Hampshire.  Later in the war he would become a Captain in the 7th U.S. Colored Troops and wounded on September 29th, 1864 at Fort Gilmer during the siege of Petersburg. 

Prime states that “everything was taken that was worth taking and all the furniture was taken into the streets and used at the discretion of the soldiers, part of it burned up and the chairs and such things were used to sit in…”

“BY THE WAY THERE WAS A PIANO IN FREDERICKSBURG AND I AM
GOING TO SEND YOU A PIECE OF THE IVORY FROM ONE OF THE KEYS
OF THAT PIANO TO REMEMBER FREDERICKSBURG BY.”

(The piece of piano ivory is still with this letter!)

Here is some of the great content in this letter:

 

A wonderful Fredericksburg battle letter which includes an actual “relic” of the battle!

#L428 - Price $1,295

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Piece of ivory from the destroyed piano:












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