lot of 24. This archive includes an anonymous CDV portrait of Leckey as Lt. Col with orange 2 cent Washington Bank Check revenue stamp on reverse. Lot also includes two manuscript letters, including one 4pp letter written by Leckey to his mother, dated Jan. 15, 1862. In this letter, he tells her he is now in command of two companies of the regiment and stationed at Sea Brook, and he discusses the approx. 100 Negroes who have come to their camp, with the Rebels just across the river from us and can see them at any time with a spy glass... Letter talks about the fine southern home in which they are living with $100 sofa and chair, wonderful meals and more. Letter includes patriotic cover with stamp and Port Royal cancellation. The 2nd 3pp letter is addressed to Col. Leckey from Gilfillan at camp Powle, Annapolis, Md., also in the 100 PVI, dated Oct. 21, 1862. This letter was written by a POW from a Confederate prison camp on James Island, telling Leckey about their treatment. Talks further about hearing the sad news of fallen comrades of the 100th since their confinement, ends with P.S. We all long to be exchanged and join our regiment. The archive also includes three war dated orders, 2 manuscripts and one partially printed dated Head Quarters Dept. of the South Hilton Head S.C. April 20th, 1862 Special Order No. 33, granting Major Leckey a leave of 30 days and signed by adjutant Ed W. Smith, 2nd is dated Head Quarters 2nd Brigade 1st Division 9th Army Corps, Newport News Va., Aug. 2nd 1862 giving Lt. Col Leckey and other permission to visit Monroe to purchase horses, signed by commander Daniel L. Cob. The final partially printed order is dated Head Quarters, Army of the Potomac Near Foulmouth December 30, 1862. There are 6 small 8vo camp newspapers entitled The Kamp Kettle including Vol 1, No 3, 6-8 and 12 and Vol. 2 No. 2 from Oct. 1861 through May 1862, all 4pp; a copy of newspaper entitled The New South Port Royal, S.C., March 15, 62, Vol. 1 No. 1, also 4 pages, 9" x 14". The archive also includes 6 post war pension and GAR documents and lace baby cap worn by Leckey as an infant. Archive also includes a pewter canteen engraved Major Leckey 100 Reg. P.V., 4.75" diameter; a brass sword chain, 33" long; and brass civilian powder flask with vertical ribbing, 10" long.
David A. Leckey was commissioned into Co. M in 1862 as a Major, later promoted to Lt. Colonel and transferred to Field & Staff of 100 PVI. The 100th PVI was organized in 1862 and enlisted for 3 years. Its first expedition was to Port Royal were it helped capture Ft. Walker and Beauregard, and it participated in operation against Charleston in June with heavy losses near Secessionville. In July, the unit was ordered back to Virginia where it was engaged at 2nd Bull Run again with heavy casualties, Chantilly, South Mountain and Fredericksburg. In March of 1863, it was transferred to the Dept of the Ohio to help Grant take Vicksburg. The unit saw action at Jackson, Ms., after which it was ordered to East Tenn., engaged at Blue Springs and the siege of Knoxville. Virtually the entire unit reenlisted on Jan 1 1864 and was again transferred to the Army of the Potomac and was engaged at Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, where it participated in the Mine Explosion attach, raid on Weldon RR, Poplar Spring Church, Hatcher's Run and the final assault on Petersburg. Mustered out in D.C. on July 24, 1865.
The letter writer, David J. Gilfillan, who wrote to Col. Leckey from prison on James Island, was not as lucky as Leckey. He was paroled and rejoined the 100 PVI, promoted to Sgt., Master Sgt. and finally 2nd Lt. in March of 1863, only to be KIA at Cold Harbor in 1864. Lot includes Gilfillan's soldier's history with photograph of him as a young 2nd Lt.
Condition: CDV slightly soiled, still VG-. Letters and documents with normal folds, some toning and separation, VG- to VG. Canteen with minor dents and scratches; sword chain with some oxidation; powder flask with dents and repairs.