1863 David Wills Letter Talking Of Dead At Gettysburg And Plans For New Cemetery For Sale
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1863 David Wills Letter Talking Of Dead At Gettysburg And Plans For New Cemetery:
The following item is an original handwritten letter from famed Gettysburg Attorney David Wills. Wills is the man who created the plan for Soldiers National Cemetery on The Gettysburg Battlefield. He also invited and hosted President Abraham Lincoln in his home when Lincoln came to consecrate the Cemetery in November 1863. This letter was written only weeks after the battle ended in July of 1863. It is to a Pennsylvania Reverend looking for the bodies of friends buried on the battlefield. Wills states the graves should be easily found but recommends leaving them since an announcement for a General Cemetery at Gettysburg is expected soon. Great historical content. Anything relating to Gettysburg from July 1863 is next to impossible to obtain. Most items are housed in museums. This item recently surfaced and is completely in Wills hand including the original post marked envelope of July 1863 Gettysburg stamped. Very early items from Gettysburg are highly sought after and are extremely difficult to come by. Unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic as described. Note the last photo is a typed version of the original letters content word for word.