This lot features a beautifully written four-page love letter written by James A. Horseford, an engineer on the USS Mount Vernon from Hammond Hospital in Beaufort, North Carolina. Horseford would die in the hospital in 1865. Although this letter is not signed, it does come from a large collection of items that once belonged to Horseford. I will be auctioning several of his other naval-related items in the coming days.In the letter, Horseford writes. The quiet Sabbath day- were I not in the hospital- it would seem like the lovely Sabbaths of fall of the year at home. The day is fine & clear, the mellow rays of the sun as it reflects to our view the yellow leaf, reminds us that He has left His impress on all nature and taking His departure to a more Southern clime, had numbered up the days & hours of'63 thus far, reminding us also of certain departure, of the constant decline of years & with it the everlasting decline of life. This chilling, but beautiful letter is written to his sweetheart back home. Sadly, they would never reunite as Horseford passed. This love letter is very foreboding and offers a chilling reminder that disease was the leading cause of death in the Civil War. The letter has consistent aging and a small tear at the seam, but is in otherwise great shape and relatively easy to read. I have come to a very difficult decision to part with a significant portion of my Civil War collection. At this stage in my life, I realize you cannot take it with you. Please be sure to check out my other auctions for more great Civil War items. Thanks for looking, good luck and please stay safe! The item "Civil War Letter Hammond Hospital Beaufort NC US Navy Foretells His Own Death" is in sale since Monday, November 23, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Correspondence, Mail". The seller is "steeler_rarities" and is located in West Newton, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Russian federation.