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136th Pa. Infantry Battle Letter – 12/28/62 Wounded at Fredericksburg & in the Hospital – “A SHELL STRUCK ABOUT THREE FEET IN FRONT OF ME, FILLING MY FACE WITH MUD, AND A PIECE OF IT PASSED OVER MY SHOULDER AND TOOK OFF THE CORNER OF MY KNAPSACK.  ANOTHER PIECE BROKE A MAN’S ARM RIGHT NEXT TO ME.”



This letter was written by William H. Larcom, a resident of Tioga County, Pa.  William was mustered into Company A of the 136th Pa. Infantry on August 14th, 1862.  On December 13th, it was hotly engaged in the battle of Fredericksburg as part of Lyle’s Brigade, Gibbon’s Division, 1st Corps.  It was here that William was wounded.

The letter is 3 ½ pages in length and comes with its original stamped cover.  It is written in nice dark ink.  The content:

  • Prince St. Hospital, Alexandria, Va. Dec. 28th, /62.  Dear Brother and Sister, I received your welcome letters some time ago, and I should have answered them before if I had been able to do so.
  • I presume you have heard that I was wounded in the Battle of Fredericksburg, as I wrote to Jane the other day. I was wounded in the leg just below the calf of the leg. It is getting along first rate.
  • We had a very hard battle that day I was wounded. In the beginning of the fight OUR REGIMENT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST THAT WENT INTO THE FIGHT.
  • I FIRED ABOUT 20 ROUNDS, AND WE WAS JUST ORDERED TO CHARGE WHEN I WAS HIT, SO I HAD TO STAY BACK.
  • Our Regiment charged into the woods and drove the Rebs from their rifle pits, but reinforcements not coming up in time, they were obliged to fall back again.
  • They made two other charges during the day. AFTER I WAS WOUNDED, I GOT BEHIND A LARGE STUMP AND IN A FEW MINUTES, TWO OF OUR MEN CAME ALONG WITH A STRETCHER AND TOOK ME OFF THE FIELD TO AN OLD BARN CLOSE BY WHICH WAS USED FOR A HOSPITAL WHERE MY WOUND WAS DRESSED.
  • WE LAY UNDER THE REBEL’S FIRE (ARTILLERY FIRE) ABOUT TWO HOURS BEFORE THE INFANTRY FIGHTING BEGUN, AND YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW WE FELT ABOUT THAT TIME, LAYING THERE FLAT ON OUR FACES AND THE BALLS AND SHELLS FALLING ALL AROUND.
  • A SHELL STRUCK ABOUT THREE FEET IN FRONT OF ME, FILLING MY FACE WITH MUD, AND A PIECE OF IT PASSED OVER MY SHOULDER AND TOOK OFF THE CORNER OF MY KNAPSACK.  ANOTHER PIECE BROKE A MAN’S ARM RIGHT NEXT TO ME.
  • WHEN WE GOT THE WORD FORWARD, WE DID NOT MIND ANYTHING MORE ABOUT THE BALLS THAN AS IF THEY HAD BEEN NOTHING BUT HAIL. WE MARCHED TO WITHIN ABOUT TEN RODS OF THE REBS, AND THEN WE GIVE THEM FITS.
  • We have good care here. Everything comfortable. I do not think that I be able to join my Regiment again till Spring. I cannot think of anything more to write at present. Give my best respects to all inquiring friends and write soon. You will address to Prince Street Hospital Alexandria, Va. Leave off the Co. and Regiment. From your loving Brother, W. H. Larcom

A fine battle letter. 

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