Union Civil War Letters: Battles

Union Civil War Letters: Battles

Antietam Battle Letter – Written by William H. Trisler, Co. K, 14th Indiana Infantry… Their Brigade never gave way during the battle & earned the title “The Gibraltar Brigade” – Trisler describes being hit 3 times! – “THERE IS FIVE ACRES COVERED WITH DEAD REBS. SUCH A SMELL I COULD HARDLY STAND IT.”


6th Wisconsin Graphic Battle Letter – The Wilderness, Laurel Hill & Spotsylvania Court House, May 5 – 13, 1864.  The Writer Mair Pointon of Company A Describes the Bullets Piercing his Blanket & Portfolio AND ONE GOING THROUGH THE LETTERSHEET HE IS WRITING ON! – The Finest Battle Letter We Have Owned


The Finest Kennesaw Mountain Battle Letter We Have Seen – Lieut. Frank B. James of the 52nd Ohio Infantry Writes Home


The Battle of Fredericksburg – Letters by William B. Glass Co. F, 155th Pa. Infantry


Lt. Charles G. Blake Co. F, 34th Mass. Infantry Writes at the End of the Petersburg Campaign Describing the Battle of Fort Gregg, “The Confederate Alamo” & INCLUDES A HAND-DRAWN MAP – “THE GROUND WAS FAIRLY TOTTERING WITH THE SHRIEKS OF ARTILLERY AS WE ADVANCED OUR LINE OVER A LITTLE SWELL OF GROUND IN OUR FRONT.” – “BETWEEN THE SWAMP AND FORT, THE GROUND WAS BLUE WITH KILLED AND WOUNDED. “AND MANY A BLUE-JACKET WAS REDDENED. AT THE TOUCH OF THE RIFLE-BREATH.” – “WHEN A BALL STRUCK A MAN, IT WAS ALMOST SURE DEATH, OVER HE WOULD GO BACKWARDS INTO THE MUD AND WATER, IN THE DITCH BENEATH.” – “THE WATER IN THE DITCH WAS GRADUALLY TURNING THE COLOR OF WINE.”


An Amazing 10-Page (Legal Size) Letter on the June 13-15, 1863 BATTLE OF WINCHESTER, VA… AND LIFE AT LIBBY PRISON AFTER CAPTURE!  Written by Timothy Parker – 18th Connecticut Infantry


16th Maine Soldiers Letter – Albert C. Brown Gives a Graphic Description of the Battle of Laurel Hill, Virginia – “THE BULLETS BEGAN TO WHISTLE ABOUT OUR EARS AND THE SHELLS TO BURST OVER OUR HEADS AND THE SOLID SHOT TO PLOUGH UP THE GROUND AND CUT OFF THE TREES ALL ABOUT US.”


Capt. John J. Knox, Co. D, 5th Michigan Infantry Writes Home on the Battlefield of Chancellorsville!


Shiloh Battle Letter – Andrew Tuttle, 77th Pa. Infantry – “THE GROUND WAS ALMOST COVERED WITH DEAD BODIES, SOME WITH THEIR HEADS SHOT OFF AND SOME ALL TORN TO PIECES.”


Letter Describing One of the Last Battles in the Civil War – April 9th, 1865 the Battle of Dingle’s Mill in S.C. (The same date that Lee was surrendering at Appomattox C. H.) – Jonathan E. Pillsworth, Co. A, 56th New York Infantry Describes the Action.  They fought along with the famous 54th Mass. Black Regiment!  You have got to see the photo of the politically “incorrect” historical marker we found!


Lieut. William W. Wells, Co. F, 58th Pa. Infantry Writes from “Camp Suffolk, Va.” in December 1862 – He Describes & DRAWS A MAP of their Expedition to the Blackwater River – “IF THERE’S ANYTHING THAT WILL MAKE A MAN DODGE, IT IS A PARROT SHELL” – “A CURIOUS SOUND THEIR PARROT SHELLS HAVE. SOMETHING LIKE A RAILROAD CAR UNDER FULL MOTION” – “THEY CAME THICKER AND FASTER, BURSTING ALL AROUND US, TEARING OFF LARGE BRANCHES OF TREES AND STRIKING IN AMONG US.”


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

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


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”


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!


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