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SC sues to stop auction of more than 400 Civil War letters

(Columbia-AP) Aug. 6, 2004 - One day before a rare collection of letters from the Civil War were to be auctioned off, the state got an order to stop the bidding and filed a lawsuit to recover them.

Rodger Stroup is director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. He says he'd like to see the letters returned to the state.

According to the order signed Friday, the letters are considered official records of South Carolina Governors Francis Wilkinson Pickens and Milledge Luke Bonham during the Civil War More than 440 letters detailing life in South Carolina between 1861 and 1863 were held for decades by a Charleston family, who want to remain anonymous.

The lawyer for the person selling the letters has said the letters have been authenticated and appraised at more than $2 million.

Posted 8:39pm by BrettWitt

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