1863 Letter by Private Henry H. Beeson, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry - Written Day Before Brandy Station - "As my horse was turned over I will have to walk again"

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1863 Letter by Private Henry H. Beeson, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry - Written Day Before Brandy Station - "As my horse was turned over I will have to walk again"

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Item No. 9483453

An interesting 1863 letter written by Private Henry H. Beeson of the 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry just one day prior to the regiment being engaged at the Battle of Brandy Station. Beeson described an aborted June 7 cavalry raid across the Rappahannock River, “but as they could find no Reb and had no fight,” they withdrew back toward camp, arriving the morning of June 8. There was no rest for the weary, however, as Beeson reported having marching orders for the next day. This was a problem, as he was on foot and had not yet obtained a fresh mount. While Beeson did not know it at the time, he and his regiment would cross the Rappahannock again on June 9, resulting in the Brandy Station battle. The letter was written on two pages of a four-page stationery sheet measuring about 4 7/8” x 7 3/4”. It is in very good condition with light foxing and toning. Creased where originally folded. The full transcript follows:

June 8th 1863
Camp Near Licking Creek Va.

Dear Cousin
After a long silence I again seat myself to write you a few lines hoping that you will excuse one for any delay. I don’t expect you will be able to read this when you get [it] for on Saturday morning at 2:00 200 of the 16th was order out on foot. Went to the White Sulpher Springs 12 miles. Guard the ford and support a battery while the Division cross the Rappahannock to make [a] raid but as they could find no Reb and had no fight, started at dark and marched 5 miles. Stay all night. Got back at 10 yesterday. I was never so tired in all my life and we have marching orders for tomorrow. As my horse was turned over I will have to walk again. And our saddle was condemned and sent off, so if we don’t get horses and saddles we will [not] be in good condition for going. The Hotel at the springs was a four story brick, very large. Was shell[ed] by Pope last fall. Is a mass of ruins now. Col. [John Irvin] Gregg has command of our Brigade, [Brigadier General Alfred N.] Duffie of Division. We are 2D 2B. It is reported here that two corps came up on the Railroad last night. If so old Joe [Hooker] must be going to cross again.

This is a beautiful country. There is 100 of acres of the best pasture I ever saw. There has not been a thing on it so you may judge what it is. I have told you all that I can think of so I will have bid you good bye, hoping this will find you all well as it leaves us. Write soon. Good bye. Give my love to all
Henry K. Beeson Jr.

to Maggie Downer.

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