101st PA. Infantry Battle of Seven Pines Letter on Stationery Showing the Capitol in D.C.
This 4-page letter in ink is written on blue stationery with an excellent vignette of the U.S. Capitol at the top. Stamped envelope included. It was written by Sergt. Nathan E. Cory. Here is the content:
- White Oak Swamp June the 5th, 1862. Dear Brother-in-Law, I once more sit down to scribble you a few lines to let you know I am still alive and has went another very hard battle on last Saturday.
- The Rebels made the attack on us last Saturday. There twenty-five of our Company on picket. They first shelled the woods to drive our pickets in, but they did not get it done.
- AFTER A SHORT TIME, WE SEEN THEM COMING. WE GAVE THEM A FEW ROUNDS, BUT THEY CAME ON US TOO STRONG AND DROVE US IN. THEIR SKIRMISHERS KILLED AND WOUNDED SOME OF OUR PICKETS, AND WE KILLED A GOOD MANY OF THEM, BUT THEIR SKIRMISHERS AND US PICKETS FIGHTING WAS JUST FUN TILL THEIR BIG ARMY CAME UP.
- THEN IT WAS DARNED HARD FUN. THEY HAD OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND COME ON TO US, AND WE HAD ONLY ABOUT SIX THOUSAND TILL OUR REINFORCEMENTS CAME AND THAT WAS ABOUT THREE HOURS. IN THAT TIME THEY DROVE US OUT OF OUR CAMP AND TOOK EVERYTHING WE HAD, BUT IT WAS DAMMED LITTLE WE HAD.
- Well, I will tell you, John Moore got wounded. He got shot just below the neck. It did not injure the bone much. It did not stop him from walking. They took all the wounded to Philadelphia where they will all be well taken care of. I expect he will be sent home soon as he gets well.
- THERE WAS 3 KILLED AND 5 WOUNDED IN OUR COMPANY. I WILL GIVE YOU THEIR NAMES. KILLED THEODORE MULHOUSE, FRANK FORD, WILLIAM ROBESON. WOUNDED, J. MOORE, WM. THOMPSON, WM. FRENCH, JOHN KLINK, SILAS BLAIR.
- The Rebels drove us for a little while on Saturday. Then we held them level till Sunday morning. Then OUR FRESH TROOPS CAME IN AND RUN THEM LIKE HELL. Then they marched us back and let the fresh ones go on in front.
- They are fighting ahead today. I don’t know how they are making it. I will have to bring my letter to a close for the mail is ready, so nothing more at present, but remain your true friend, till death. Nathan Cory
- To Peter Bailey, remember to write as soon as you get this. Tell the old woman to take easy. John is not dangerous and I am all right. This is to all of you. So good bye. Give my best respects to all inquiring friends. N. Cory good bye write soon
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