105th Ohio Infantry – Sergt. William Wallace Sends Home a Hand Drawn Map of the Battle of Perryville, KY

Very rarely does a soldier draw a full side of a page drawing of their position in battle. William Wallace, who was mustered in on August 21st has provided an amazing example! Just 3 weeks after entering the service, William was in battle! The letter is headed, “Mumfordville, Kentucky November 3rd, 1862”. William has written home a number of times about the battle which occurred October 7th, 1862, but this is the first time that he has had the time to draw a very detailed 8 x 9 ½ inch map.

• Dear Brother & Sister, I received John’s kind letter which I was very glad to hear you were all well and was somewhat disappointed to hear that you hadn’t heard from me for so long. I have wrote you as often as 6 times since the Battle….

• “…and as for a report from me of the Battle, I will state over again. We left Louisville Oct. 1st. Marched till the 8th when in the morning about sunrise we heard cannon booming to the south of us, but little we thought that ere night that so many of our brave boys would lay on the field of Battle…

• “…when within 3 miles we could hear the cannon play distinctly, but did not imagine that anything of a Battle like unto Chaplin Hill was coming. We were led into the battlefield under a heavy fire without our pieces loaded. I will show you as near as I can in the position we were. [William here draws his full page map]

• You mentioned of being to Cleveland, talking about enlisting, yet I haven’t a word more to say to you. I have told you what I thought about your enlisting. Have wrote you as near as justice can tell about what soldiers’ life was. I don’t regret enlisting yet, as I would never have been content.

• By the time you have served U. S. awhile, you will think my advice about right, but suit yourself. If you are going, go with some boys you are acquainted with, but you may write before you go anyhow.

• May the Lord bless you all, and if we may never meet in this world, I hope we will in the world to come. I remain to death divides us on earth, your ever thinking, Brother William Wallace. Don’t worry about me as I get along very well and am quite contented. Don’t let any one see this as I scribbled it for amusement.

The letter is written in nice dark ink and has some staining. All 4 pages are used with his drawing taking up the entire reverse. The detail of the map is extensive. A truly impressive museum quality letter.

#L10-7-1862OH – Price $895