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18th Virginia Letter – George M. Setszer, June 21st, 1863… He would be killed at Gettysburg on July 3rd in Pickett’s Charge – “WE HAD A FOOT RACE WITH THE YANKEES FOR THE POSSESSION OF SNICKERS GAP.” – “I EXPECT THAT WE WILL TAKE ANOTHER TRIP TO MARYLAND AS OUR CAVALRY HAS ALREADY BEEN OVER.”



This 4-page letter is written in nice, clear pencil on blue stationery.  George M. Setszer (the Civil War Database spells his last name Setzer) enlisted on April 23rd, 1861 at Farmville, Virginia into Company F of the 18th Virginia.  The following year he was promoted to Corporal (4/23/62) and then he was wounded at Frayser’s Farm, Va. (6/30/62).  Here is the content:  

  • Camp Near Berryville Clark Cty, Sunday June 21st, 63.  Dear Father & Mother, I take this opportunity to drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well at present and hope that these few lines may find you all the same. I wrote to you last Monday and sent the letter by Blind Billey. He belongs to Dr. Peters and was going home at the time. Did you get it?
  • We marched through Culpepper Court House last Monday and camped just this side, and Tuesday we marched to Gaines Crossroads in Rappahannock.
  • The Crossroads is about three miles from Uncle Henry Cooper’s, and I went to see them that evening and ate supper with them. They are all well. They all send their best love to you.
  • Wednesday morning we crossed the Rappahannock River and followed along the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountain, and WE HAD A FOOT RACE WITH THE YANKEES FOR THE POSSESSION OF SNICKERS GAP.
  • THEY WAS TRYING TO GET TO THE GAP TO CROSS THE MOUNTAIN AND GET IN EWELL’S REAR, BUT WE BEAT THEM BY ABOUT A HALF A DAYS MARCH.
  • We camped on top of the mountain one day, and no Yankees came, and yesterday we crossed the Shenandoah River at Snickers Ferry.
  • THE WATER WAS UP UNDER OUR ARMS, AND WE HAD TO PUT OUR CARTRIDGE BOXES AROUND OUR NECKS TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING WET. WE MARCHED THROUGH THE RIVER WITH OUR CLOTHES AND SHOES ON.
  • We had a pretty hard race for the Gap. We marched about twenty miles the day we left Gaines Crossroads, over a mountain road, and IT WAS A VERY HOT DAY, AND A GOOD MANY OF OUR DIVISION HAD THE SUN STROKE, AND SEVERAL OF THEM DIED FROM IT.
  • It commenced raining day before yesterday and rained till last night. It cleared off just before night and it had raised the river a little.
  • We built us big fires last night and dried off. We have been resting to day but expect to march in the morning, but I have no idea in which direction we will go.
  • I suppose that you have that Ewell has captured Winchester and nearly all of Milroy’s force, but Milroy himself escaped in the night.
  • I EXPECT THAT WE WILL TAKE ANOTHER TRIP TO MARYLAND AS OUR CAVALRY HAS ALREADY BEEN OVER.
  • I want to try and go to Strasburg and see them all if I can. There is no other news here. The Yankees have gone in the direction of Leesburg. Direct to Winchester. George M. Setszer

At Gettysburg Garnett’s Brigade was decimated with the 18th Virginia having over 300 casualties.  This is your chance to own a letter from one of the Confederacies most famous regiments and from a man who gave his all at the Nation’s most famous battle. 

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