Letter from 45th Illinois Infantry Soldier Daniel Baker Written on Scarce Patriotic Stationery “Sinking of the Pirate Alabama”
This 3 page letter in ink is dated August 14th, 1864, Fort Barnard, Va. Daniel Baker joined Company I of the 45th Illinois Infantry late in the war. He is writing home to his wife and assures her “I don’t think I can ever desert. You must keep up good courage and live in hopes of our meeting again… You said that you guessed that I wished that I hadn’t got any woman. You need not be alarmed about me. I guess it is you instead of me. You needn’t be afraid to use what money you want for I want you to have good clothes. If I can’t support you I had better stay down here I guess. I can yet a spell. I will have some more money when I get my pay. Tell mother to keep up goo courage for this war won’t last more than a thousand years longer.”

Of course, the reason to buy this letter is the full page patriotic front page. It was done in commemoration of the Sinking of the Pirate Alabama June 19th, 1864. This stationery was purchased by Baker shortly thereafter AND THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS STATIONERY WE HAVE HAD OR SEEN IN THE PAST 50 YEARS!

We have seen single song sheets with this imprint, but this is the first actual piece of stationery we have seen used. If you collect patriotic stationery, this may be your only chance.

#L472 - Price $145