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Battle Letter: PERRYSVILLE, KY. – William Wallace of the 105th Ohio Infantry Describes the Action “THEY DROVE US BACK AND WE DROVE THEM AGAIN. WE FIRED SOME 10 ROUNDS AND SOME MORE.” “I BURIED MY CAPTAIN (L. Dwight Kee) YESTERDAY AND 4 OF OUR MEN. I HELPED TO BURY 42 OF OUR REGIMENT.”



William Wallace enlisted on August 9th, 1862 as a Sergeant in Company I of the 105th Ohio.  Just 2 months later he finds himself on the battlefield of Perrysville.  The letter is 4 pages written in nice, clear pencil as he was still on the battlefield.  Here is the content:

  • Battle Ground Near Perrysville, Oct. 11th, 1862.  Dear Brother & Sister, I am well. Thank God for His kindness to me. I suppose you have heard ere this time of our Battle.
  • IT IS CALLED ONE OF THE TREMENDOUS BATTLES FOR THE TIME IT LASTED. ON RECORD THE 105 WAS BROUGHT UP ON THE EXTREME LEFT, ON DOUBLE QUICK, AND THE REBELS FIRED INTO US BEFORE WE KNEW.
  • WE CAME TO A FRONT AND FIRED ON THEM. THEY WERE WITHIN 10 RODS OF US AND TRIED TO FLANK US.  I haven’t time to give you any particulars, only that I came out of it all right, but how I did so is more than I can tell.
  • THEY DROVE US BACK AND WE DROVE THEM AGAIN. WE FIRED SOME 10 ROUNDS AND SOME MORE.
  • I was permitted to go to the Battlefield the next day, but all I have to say, those that has never been on a battle field had never go.
  • The battle was on the 8th from 12 o’clock to dark. The 2 Simons are slightly wounded. The rest of us are all pretty sound.
  • I BURIED MY CAPTAIN (L. Dwight Kee) YESTERDAY AND 4 OF OUR MEN. I HELPED TO BURY 42 OF OUR REGIMENT. We cannot tell how many was killed in all, but there are a great many more of the Rebels than Union men lay dead on the battlefield.
  • Kelly, Bailey, Partridge, Knight are all that is with us. 2 Simons are in the hospitals and hear that H. Hulbert was taking care of them, but will write soon and give you all particulars about all and the battle we lost – Generals Jackson & General Terrill. 
  • THE 105 WAS TRUE TO THE LAST. WE STOOD UP TO THE FIRE.  I think I can write you a good letter as soon as settled. WE ARE ALL IN CONFUSION AT PRESENT. THE REBELS FLED IN THE NIGHT. I SUPPOSE WE WILL FOLLOW THEM UP.
  • You can just say you have heard from me, and that I will write all the particulars.  
  • OUR CAPTAIN WAS A BRAVE MAN IN BATTLE, WAS ONE OF THE BRAVE. HE WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD. WE HAVE A GOOD MANY WOUNDED.
  • Good bye. Hope I will hear soon. Will give you an account of the battle etc., in my next. I hope those men that were brought to their long homes so quick will be happy in heaven. Yours to Death, Wm. Wallace

One of the few letters we have had describing Perrysville. 

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