One of the 35th Virginia Cavalry “Gray Comanches”, Joseph H. Trundle Writes Home from Loudoun County, Va., June 16th, 1863 – “WE WERE IN THE LAST FIGHT AT BEVERLY FORD & THE BATTALION SUFFERED VERY SEVERELY. WE LOST 90 MEN KILLED, WOUNDED & MISSING.” – “ASK MA TO GET ME SOME NICE GREY CLOTH & SOME MARYLAND BUTTONS & TINSEL TRIMMING & A PAIR OF MEXICAN SPURS”
Joseph H. Trundle was only 18 years old when he enlisted on September 15th, 1862 into the 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. In this 3-page letter written in nice dark easy to read pencil, he writes home to his sister and sends her a piece of poetry on which he writes, “Copy this in your album, J.H.T.”. The included original envelope (hand delivered) dated June 16th, 1863 is addressed: “Miss. R. W. Trundle, Point of Rocks, Frederick Co., Md.” Here is the content:
- Snigglesville Loudoun County, June 16, 1863. My Dear Sister, Here we are resting in an orchard, enjoying the cool shade, scarcely a day’s ride from home.
- We came here from Charles Town today, remained there all night last night. I saw Uncle Nathan’s family, took supper with them. They are all well but very much distressed about the death of poor Ben. He was killed at the last Battle of Fredericksburg. They only heard of his death a short time ago.
- WE HAD A BATTLE AT WINCHESTER A DAY OR TWO AGO & CAPTURED ABOUT 6,000 PRISONERS & PURSUED THE REMAINDER OF MILROY’S TROOPS TO MARTINSBURG & HAVE BEEN FIGHTING THEM THERE TODAY, THE RESULT OF WHICH IS NOT KNOWN.
- Our Battalion has been detached from the Brigade & now we are attached to Gen. Ewell’s command.
- WE WERE IN THE LAST FIGHT AT BEVERLY FORD & THE BATTALION SUFFERED VERY SEVERELY. WE LOST 90 MEN KILLED, WOUNDED & MISSING.
- In our company we had 6 wounded, 1 killed & 13 missing. The man that was killed was from Baltimore Co. & most of wounded were from Baltimore City except Henry Tillman & Capt. Cheswell from Montgomery. Capt. was wounded in leg & Henry shot through the breast.
- Willie Besant was one among the number who were taken prisoners. All the boys in Company are well. A gentleman is waiting for this letter too & must close. Your Aff. Bro., Joseph H. Trundle
- P. S. Excuse this hurried letter. THERE IS SO MUCH EXCITEMENT IN THE COMMAND ABOUT THE MOVEMENTS OF OUR ARMY. I CAN SCARCELY WRITE AT ALL.
- Put on the big pot & little one & look out for you know what. ASK MA TO GET ME SOME NICE GREY CLOTH & SOME MARYLAND BUTTONS & TINSEL TRIMMING & A PAIR OF MEXICAN SPURS FOR I FEAR I MIGHT SOON GET HOME. Give my love to all friends & all the family & reserve a portion for yourself.
A nice content letter from one of the most famous Cavalry regiments.
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