Philadelphia: 1864. Great Central Fair letterhead sheet folded to 5" X 8".  pp, manuscript on rectos only. Letterhead depicts the Fair's Seal with a vignette of a Goddess-like figure handing a chalice to two soldiers, one of whom appears wounded; surrounded by the words, "The Great Central Fair for the U.S. Sanitary Commission." Mount remnants on final blank page, one small tape repair, Very Good.
[OFFERED WITH] SALT PRINT PHOTOGRAPH BUST PORTRAIT OF MARGARETTA MEADE. 5-1/2" x 4", mounted on plain paper. Very Good.
Margaretta Sargent Meade [1814-1886], the wife of General George Meade, did her part for the War effort at the United States Sanitary Commission. She labored long and hard to make its upcoming Fair a success.
Colonel William Watts Hart Davis [1820-1910], to whom the Letter is addressed, was stationed at James Island in South Carolina, home of the famous Swamp Angel Battery which had bombarded Charleston in 1863. The Battery was immortalized in a poem by Herman Melville. Davis served with the 25th and 104th Pennsylvania regiments during the War, and was breveted a Brigadier General March 13, 1865, for his "gallant and meritorious service, during operations against Charleston, South Carolina." He was a lawyer; professor and superintendent of the Virginia Military, Scientific and Literary Academy in Portsmouth; a Mexican War veteran; a government official in the Territory of New Mexico; and wrote several books. [Jordan, Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, Genealogical Publishing Company, p 380; "Davis, W. W. H. (William Watts Hart), 1820-1910", website of Social Networks and Archival Context.]. Item #36745