Union Civil War Letters: Battles

Union Civil War Letters: Battles

2 Letters, Battle of Fredericksburg – Colonel John F. Pierson, 1st New York Infantry – “The groans & cries of the wounded resounded on the air… for two days and two nights did several hundred wounded men lie upon the ground exposed to cold and calling for a little water for the love of God” – “One round shot struck a man near me, and tearing him into two parts, sent half whirling in different directions.”


$500 Reward Offered for the 1st Page of this Letter… Or You Can Buy Our 2/3’s of the Letter for $500! – Col. Clark S. Edwards Writes a Graphic Letter at the Battle of Antietam, Sept. 16th-19th, 1862


15th New Jersey Fredericksburg Battle Letter – “The Rebels fight like bulldogs” – “I had a bullet shot right threw my blanket, which was strapped on my back

Petersburg Battle Letter – 6th N.Y. Heavy Artillery – Great Paragraph on Exchanging with the Johnnies!


143rd New York Vol. – Battle of Peach Creek, Georgia, July 21st, 1864


98th Ohio Infantry Battle Letter – Marietta, Ga. July 1st, 1864 – “A truce was had to bury our dead. It was a sad task and a hard one as the smell was sickening.”


Fredericksburg Battle Letter Written by Ellis C. Strouss, Co. K, 57th Pa. Infantry


99th Pa. Infantry – William J. Dougall Describes Battles at Auburn, Bristow Station, Fairfax Court House, Bull Run, and best of all, A BULLET GOING THROUGH “THAT RED PATCH… ON THE TOP OF THE CAP” (Corps Badge: 3rd Corps, 1st Division, Red Diamond)


57th PA. Infantry – Thomas C. Zahniser Gives a Great, Graphic Description of the Start of the Peninsula Campaign – “THEIR LIMBS WERE TORN FROM THEM AND THEIR ENTRAILS WERE HANGING OUT.”


5th Vermont Battle Letter – Lee’s Mill, Va. – Amos B. Hawley of Co. B – Sends Home a “Secesh Postage Stamp” – Bodies “unburied by the Rebels after being robbed of their clothing and brutally bayoneted and punched with sticks”


7th Michigan Infantry – Corpl. Cyril H. Tyler Describes the Retreat During the Seven Days Battles & Describes the Battle of White Oak Swamp Which Occurred on June 30th, 1862 –  “I NEVER SAW THE AIR QUITE SO FULL OF LEAD AS IT WAS FOR A WHILE AT THAT PLACE.”


20th Indiana Infantry – A Hard Fought Regiment Reaches its Final Goal at Appomattox Court House – Letter by David R. Cottrell – “THE SURRENDER WAS MADE APRIL 9TH, AND I DON’T THINK THAT DAY WILL EVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THOSE THAT WERE PRESENT. IT APPEARED TO ME THAT EVERY MAN IN THE ARMY HAD GONE WILD.”


A Quite Amazing 27th Connecticut Battle Letter from the Battle of Fredericksburg – George S. Hill Describes being Hit there 3 Times & with a Piece of Shell Still Stuck Between his Eyes. His Overcoat had 9 Bullet Holes in it!


The 1st Delaware Volunteers at America’s Bloodiest One Day Battle, Antietam – “ALL THE COLOR GUARD WAS EITHER KILLED OR WOUNDED. THE STATE FLAG WAS ALMOST SHOT TO PIECES, THE STAFF CUT INTO TWO BY A BALL.”


The Battle of Fredericksburg, “BURNSIDES SLAUGHTER HOUSE” – Letter & Hand Drawn Map by Sgt. Richard Crockett, 19th Maine Infantry – “Most of the houses burnt up or riddled with cannon balls.”


1st Massachusetts Infantry – Spotsylvania Battle Letter – May 19th, 1864

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