1861 CIVIL WAR LETTER. I'm in this War only to Save the Jackass Necks in Washington!
1861 CIVIL WAR LETTER. I'm in this War only to Save the Jackass Necks in Washington!
1861 CIVIL WAR LETTER. I'm in this War only to Save the Jackass Necks in Washington!

1861 CIVIL WAR LETTER. I'm in this War only to Save the Jackass Necks in Washington!

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A really wonderful piece of early Civil War ephemera on wonderfully quirky soldier stationary. Largely chatty, if pessimistic material. 

But the last line is the keeper, "This war is nothing but a humbug. I thought that I went to war to save the country, but [now] I believe that I went to war to save some of the jackass necks which are at Washington." 

Addressed from Camp Griffin in Virginia, December 29th, 1861, the author was Abraham N. Wolf, Jr. [1837-1895] from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Accompanied by extensive research documents including a scanned photo of Camp Griffin in 1861, biographical information, a history of the Pennsylvania 47th Infantry, scan of the burial record and tombstone of Wolf, etc. 

3pp. in very good condition.