Confederate Letter Written by Col. Charles H. Olmstead – Fort Wagner, Morris Island, July 14th, 1863 – THIS WAS THE CONFEDERATE COMMANDER THAT REPULSED THE 1ST UNION ATTACK ON JULY 10TH & THE CHARGE OF THE 54TH MASS. COLORED REGIMENT ON JULY 18TH!
This 2-page letter written on blue stationery has a wonderful postal address and cancelation on an attached sheet… in addition to a great letter! (See photo)
The letter is in fine condition, written in nice dark ink in an easy-to-read hand. Here is the content:
- Fort Wagner, Morris Island July 14, 63. My Dear Wife, Since reaching this place I have been able to write you but once, though I have sent you two telegrams and hope that you rec’d them.
- I keep perfectly well, dashing, and have not been touched by any of the missiles of the enemy. Thanks to the protecting care of Almighty God.
- After the assault on Saturday morning (an account of which I sent you) THE YANKEES GAVE US A FEW HOURS REST AND THEN THREE OF THEIR MONITORS CAME UP TO WITHIN 600 TO 700 YARDS OF THE FORT AND OPENED A TERRIFIC FIRE UPON US.
- The wooden gun boats stood off at longer distance joining the fire however. This lasted until fully near dark and resulted in only a few holes in our sand works which were filled up the same night and in wounding a few men slightly.
- On Sunday, the firing continued but one of the monitors coming up, the one was I think injured by the fire of our 10-inch gun for the one hit repeatedly fired but two shots herself and evidently moved off with difficulty.
- In fact, it is reported that two of our men were killed this day and a few wounded. None from my immediate command.
- Yesterday the wooden gun boats alone bombarded hurting no body or nothing. The men are in excellent spirits but nearly worn out with constant watching and working.
- They had little or not sleep from the time we left Camp Ripley until last night. You must try to keep up a brave head, my own darling. Remember that God is as much protection here amidst the actual horrors of war, as in times of profound peace and that nothing can happen to me except it be his will.
- Affairs will probably be settled in one way or another before many days and I hope soon to be with you again. Meantime, I will write and telegraph whenever an opportunity offers.
- Give my very much love to mother. My letters are intended for both for I know she must be very uneasy. Kiss our little one for me and receive a world of love for yourself. Your affectionate husband, Charlie. I learned that Charlie May is over on James Island. In that case we will not be likely to meet.
Since he is writing his wife, he signs the letter “Charlie”. Fortunately, we have the beautiful cover attached with “Chas. H. Olmstead, Col. 1st Vol. Reg. of Ga.” as the return address. Note that there is a fine “Charleston July 15th, 63” cancelation and for the postal collector, two different size “10” markings.
An extremely rare letter related to the movie “Glory” and the charge of the 54th Mass.
#L7-14-63 – Price $2,295