1863 Letter - Confederate Captain Seeks Arrest of Deserters - 1st Battalion South Carolina Sharpshooters

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1863 Letter - Confederate Captain Seeks Arrest of Deserters - 1st Battalion South Carolina Sharpshooters

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Item No. SQ9417139

Offered here is an interesting September 1863 Civil War letter written and signed by Joseph Blyth Allston, Captain of Company B, 1st Battalion South Carolina Sharp Shooters, to a Captain Durham in Marion, South Carolina, seeking the arrest of several deserters from his regiment. (Allston became well-known for his poem, "Stack Arms!" written while a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware.) The letter reads:

Georgetown Sept 11th 1863
Capt Durham
Enrolling Officer
Marion Dist. S.C.

Capt

Privates David Jones, James Tanner, Oliver Thomas, Hugh Thomas, Franklin Dees, J.R. Moore, S.R. Moore, Samuel Bailey, Macklin Calder, Wm Calder, James Calder, Ervin Hulon, Chas Heart and Deserters from their Company in Marion District. Also Dennis Dorman who has been absent without leave for some three weeks since the expiration of his sick leave. Lists have twice been sent the Commandant of Camp of Instruction and I have been informed their names sent to you. Fearing they may not have reached you I send this by Sergt Glisson. And I hope that you will be able to cause them to be returned to their Company or to lodge them in jail. Sergt Glisson thinks he will be able to bring back the first five above mentioned. Any assistance you can give him or information you can give me will oblige.

Your Obt. Servt.
Jos. Blyth Allston
Capt Co B 1st Batt S.C.S.S.

The letter measures about 6 3/4" x 8 1/4". The paper is in very good condition, but with some deterioration along the right margin. Else very good.

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