JUST ADDED ON 5/2 - FOUR PAGE CIVIL WAR LETTER WRITTEN BY NORMAN RAY / 33RD MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 11, 1862 - EXCELLENT CONTENT! - DESCRIPTION OF THE BULL RUN BATTLEFIELD
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A four page letter (includes the envelope), written in pencil, on November 11th  from "Thoroughfare Gap" by Norman Ray of Company B, 33rd Massachusetts. The letter goes into great detail about the movements and activities of the regiment, so I have included only a few excerpts here - you can read the letter in full from the attached photos of the typed transcript. Ray writes to his brother: "...The next day, marched about 15 miles across the celebrated Bull Run battleground and over the bridge that the Rebels blew up. We saw several things laying around left there at the time of the battle [including] stones rounded up that the Rebels used in their cannons. The country looks as though destruction had swept over the country and I guess it has." Ray discusses the further movements of the regiment and that they "...done some foraging in the way of killing pigs and taking corn for the teams." The letter clearly demonstrates the constant movements that a regiment had to make during campaigns and the annoyance that the soldiers felt as a result. Unfortunately, Ray would not survive the war - he died of disease.
The letter has a little browning, but overall is in excellent condition. A database record for Ray and a typed transcript of the letter (the previous owner did this) are included.