Confederate Soldier Letter – James C. McGaughy of Richards’ Company, Mississippi Light Artillery (Later attached to Prague’s Battalion, under Pender at Gettysburg) DESCRIBES THE BATTLE OF BRISTOE STATION & BEING SOAKED WITH BLOOD!
This 2-page letter written in nice dark ink was written on November 17th, 1863, “Camp on the Rapidan”. Here is some of the content as James writes his sister:
- I have not heard any correct news from brother yet (W. R. McGaughy). John Groves wrote to me that he had heard from him. He says that he heard that he was well. Lieutenant Kearney says that he saw in the paper a name spelt like brothers that had died at Jordan Springs. It was not spelled and together right. The paper gave the name of a different Battalion. I hope that is not him, though I fear he is dead on the account of not hearing from him.
- WE WILL HAVE TO BARE WITH ALL OF OUR TROUBLES THE BEST WE CAN. IT IS VERY HARD, BUT WE WILL HAVE TO TRY TO MEET IN HEAVEN WHERE THERE WILL BE NO MORE TROUBLE THERE.
- We will meet once more on this earth. If not, I hope we will meet in heaven where there will be no more parting there. Sister, I don’t think this war will close for some time yet. It will go on for two or three years yet.
- The Yankees is a going to fight for a long time yet. They have gained so much of our territory that they will fight at least two years longer.
- We were in the Bristoe fight. It was a small fight. It appeared like it was not so small. WE WAS IN THE HEAT OF THE FIGHT. I HAD A HORSE KILLED IN THE FIGHT. IT WAS MY OFF HORSE. I WAS ON MY SADDLE HORSE AT THE TIME.
- IT WAS A SHELL BALL. IT WENT THROUGH MY BLANKETS. IT DID NOT MISS ME VERY FAR. IT BLOWED THE BLOOD ALL OVER MY LEG THAT WAS UP TO THE HORSE.
- Sister, you must try to get along as well as you can. You can make a plenty to live on. You will do well if you can make enough to support you all down there. I hope that I will get a furlough this winter, though I can’t tell anything about whether I will, and you need not look for me, until you see me for it is hard to get a furlough.
- We will draw the first of the next month that will be won to go from this Company. I hope it will be my lot to get it. There is so many chances against one. There is no telling who will get it. I will do the best I can for it, though it is a dull shoot for it.
- Sister, you must excuse me for not writing more to you and for not writing sooner. I have been busy for some time doing nothing. You must write often to me and let me know how you are a getting along. I have no stamps to pay on this letter. I will send it any how right soon. So I remain your brother, J. C. McGaughy
A nice graphic Confederate letter.
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