Civil War Grouping of Bucktail Letters and Ambrotype For Sale
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Civil War Grouping of Bucktail Letters and Ambrotype :
This lot contains approximately 10 letters written by John Frederick Sutter, of the "Irish Infantry", Company F, 1st Pennsylvania Rifles (also known as Kane's Rifles, or the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves.). They date between May of 1861 to February of 1863. Most are written to his friend Daniel Wentz with one being addressed to his wife. The letters mostly concern money sent home and some of the troubles his wife is having. He mentions that some people of his town want to take his children away from his wife. Caring for the children with so little money coming in was a problem. Private Sutter says of that "...my wife wrote to me, they want to take the children away from her, but she shall not do it, otherwise there will be dead people when I come back." He also mentions the image in this group in one of his letters. He says "Dear Friend, I have sent my wife one dollar and my likeness. I wonder if she has received it or not." He often talks of the mud he has to live in as well as the rain. One letter mentions Fredericksburg and the losses of his Company. He writes "...I am, God be praised, healthy and still fortunate to have come through the battle. Dear Friend, on Saturday the thirteenth of December we again had a hard and large loss from my regiment." And "We have no officers in our company, they are all dead and wounded." All the original letters were written in a clear, German script and come with English translations. Also with the group is a Civil War Times Illustrated from June of 2001. Inside the back cover is a one page article on Jacob F. Sutter with a copy of the photo offered here for sale.Jacob Frederick Sutter, carried on the rolls as Frederick Sutter, enlisted into Company F, 42nd Pennsylvania (13th Reserves) on May 29, 1861 as a Private. He was wounded slightly in the head at Gaines Mill in June of 1862. In September of 1862, before the battle of Antietam, while standing Picket Duty he was shot in the arm. He returned to his Company in time to take part in the battle of Fredericksburg. He was discharged for disability on March 13,1863. This is an interesting group from one of the hard fighters of the Army of the Potomac.