• Two Civil War Letters: Rosecrans Battle Of Murfreesboro

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    JOSEPH CORBIN enlisted as a private on September 20, 1861, five months after the Civil War began.  He mustered into G Co. Ohio 44th Infantry and was later transferred to the Ohio 8th Infantry.  The regiment was active in the battles of Lewisburg and Cumberland Gap, Siege of Knoxville and Sanders’ Knoxville Road. Corbin was later promoted to corporal. He was mustered out on July 30, 1865, at Clarksburg, W.Va.

    Offering two ALSs, 2 ¼ pp total, by Corbin touching on the activities of Generals Fremont and Rosecrans

    One page, 7 x 8, Greenville, September 6th, 1861, Joseph Corbin writes to his brother.  “...This evening I volunteered for three years. I and some more of the boys are going to fight for our country. I am glad that I get to see part of the country. I am going under Captain Newkirk.  We are going to Cincinnati and then to St. Louis under Gen. Fremont...I expect we will go next Monday...”


    1 ¼ pp, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, Camp Danville, KY, Jan. 1863. Joseph Corbin writes to his brother. “...We have marching orders and are to be ready to march by tomorrow morning.  We will either go to Tennessee or to Richmond, Kentucky...Rosecrans whipped the rebels down in Tennessee at Murfreesboro. When we get to our destination, I will write again...Joseph Corbin”


    The Battle of Murfreesboro was so notable that Currier & Ives captured Rosecrans image in a beautiful photograph.  Battle of Stones River, also called Battle of Murfreesboro, (December 31, 1862–January 2, 1863), was a bloody but an indecisive American Civil War clash in Tennessee. However, it was a psychological victory for Union forces.


    Letters have folds, normal wear.


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