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Falmouth, Va. Letter from Ozias Sanford, Company F, Berdan’s 1st United States SharpShooters – “I made 5 shots at the distance of 65 rods & the measurements of the 5 balls were 4 ½ inches which cannot be beat by any gun I ever saw.” – WHAT A GREAT LETTER FOR THE OWNER OF A SHARPS RIFLE!
This 4 page letter in ink is headed, “Camp near Falmouth March 29th, 1863”. It was written by Ozias Sanford a resident of Cornwall, Vermont, who enlisted on July of 1862. Writing home to his mother he first talks about getting a furlough and then tells about their recent action.

• “We had no fight on picket but came very near one.”

• “The Rebs crossed the River in large force & started towards us, but our Cavalry in large force were too much for them & they were obliged to retreat before they got to us.”

• “I was in hopes that they would come for we were all prepared for them & they would never have crossed the River again until our Army were willing.”

• “We should have captured their whole force as our whole or a great part of our Army were under arms & ready to move at a moment’s notice.”

• “I think we shall move from here before long, say 3 or 4 weeks.”

• “The Army are in good spirits & health and anxious to fight they say (if they have got to), the quicker the better & have it over with.”

• “I can say nothing in regard to our forces, but we have enough to drive them before us. Or anywhere else.”


Sanford concludes the letter by talking about his target practice:

• “Tell Father I was out a shooting last night just before sundown & I made 5 shots at the distance of 65 rods & the measurements of the 5 balls were 4 ½ inches which cannot be beat by any gun I ever saw. I shot a little too low for the mark but I got the balls all together. I fired about 6 inches under the center. Every shot would have gone into a 4-inch ring.”

Condition of the letter is fine, written in nice dark ink.

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