Letterman General Hospital, Gettysburg Pa.
Manuscript "R.W. Martin Lt. Col. 53 Va. Vols."
endorsement on unsealed inner prisoner-of-war cover to Pittsylvania C.H. Va. from Pickett's Charge leader Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin at Letterman General Hospital, Gettysburg,
pair 5c Blue Local (7) uncancelled with ragged margins pays Confederate postage, outer cover with U.S. postage discarded at exchange point, flap with manuscript "Send answer to care of R. W. Falls, Southern Express, Richmond Va.",
original enclosure dated Sep. 25, 1863 discusses his wounds, states that he sees no prospect of exchange, and references the battle of Chickamauga, couple small toning spots, Very Fine appearance, an outstanding Confederate prisoner-of-war cover, Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin of the 53rd Virginia Volunteers (Armistead's Brigade) was wounded during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and was by certain accounts the first man over the wall during that climactic battle, he survived and lived nearly another 50 years after writing this letter, after three months at the field hospital at Gettysburg he was transferred to Fort McHenry in Baltimore and then to Point Lookout before he was exchanged in May 1864 (see following lots for later Col. Martin covers)
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