#L12-16-63 GA

27th Georgia Infantry Soldier Freeman Walker Writes a Great Description of Fort Sumter… He was stationed there!  Walker was hit by a brick “WHICH WAS KNOCKED OFF THE TOP OF THE WALL BY A 200-POUND PARROT SHELL. I WAS WALKING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE WALL AND COME VERY NEAR BEING COVERED UP WITH BRICK.”



This letter 2-pages in ink on blue-grey Confederate paper was written by Freeman Walker, a resident of Talbot County, Georgia.  Walker had been promoted to Jr. 2nd Lieut. in March of 1863 and would be promoted to 2nd Lieut. on May 1st, 1864.  Unfortunately, he died on June 27th, 1864, cause not listed.  Here is the content:

  • James Island, S. C. December 16th, 1863.  Dear Fannie, As I have just returned from Fort Sumter, you can account for my long silence.
  • I started to the Fort in a day or two after I wrote and remained in fifteen days.
  • I STAYED THREE DAYS OVER THE USUAL TIME IN CONSEQUENCE OF HIGH WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS, THE RELIEF BOATS NOT BEING ABLE TO REACH THE FORT.
  • I HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO ESCAPE UNHURT EXCEPT A LICK ON THE HEAD FROM A BRICKBAT WHICH WAS KNOCKED OFF THE TOP OF THE WALL BY A 200-POUND PARROT SHELL.
  • I WAS WALKING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE WALL AND COME VERY NEAR BEING COVERED UP WITH BRICK.
  • THERE WERE SEVERAL KILLED AND WOUNDED WHILE I WAS THERE, AND THE DAY AFTER I WAS RELIEVED, THE MAGAZINE EXPLODED KILLING TEN AND WOUNDING THIRTY.
  • DR. FORD WHO USED TO PRACTICE MEDICINE AT PLEASANT HILL WAS KILLED. HIS BODY WAS SO BLACKENED AND BURNT THAT IT WAS PAST RECOGNITION. SEVERAL OF OUR REGIMENT WERE WOUNDED BUT ONE KILLED, DR. FORD.
  • Ab and Henry Bedell lost their blankets by the fire. They both escaped without injury. The Fort is not materially injured and will soon be repaired.
  • There is nothing of interest in camp. It is the impression that the siege will be raised by the enemy as they have despaired of taking Charleston.
  • I lost my valise coming over with my drawers and socks. I wish you would send me some of the above articles by Marvin Smith when he comes back.
  • A knife and fork also as those I had were in the valise and lost. Tell the judge I will write him in a day or two as Col. Zachry returned today. My love to all. Yours, Freeman Walker

Put a picture of the Union bombardment with shells bursting over Fort Sumter with this one… what great content!

#L12-16-63 GA – Price $895





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