In that battle, the Union Army experienced an overwhelming and bloody loss - one of the worst of the war. The soldier, named Charles, speaks of all the death of bloodshed in his letter. My Dear Parents Brothers and Sisters Once more I write you a few lines.
So think you all ought to feel thankful if you read a line from me these days. I never saw so many men killed in my life, as have seen through this campaign, awful hard fighting so far harder than ever was known I think. Did you get my box or rather my things I sent with Johnsons box, if you did keep my coat for I shall want to see it when I come home. I got Harrisons letter he says you are having quite dry times there, cannot be any moreso than we have had no rain since we came into the field, dusty as can be. I wish we could have a little rain for it would be much more pleasant marching thru so must dust.Our Regiment still stays at the front, only a few of them left - 2 of our musicians have gone, one wounded and one killed. Mother have you not written me since I left Point Lookout, have not had any from you. I hope you will write me soon and often, tell Georgey to write me often and also Father, you know I cannot write so often as I could last winter. I will not write to any one, only you. Tell Lizzie and Addison to write me, I will not write any more this time, write soon and often, goodby from your true son. Charles I think I shall not be able to come home until next spring as the Colonel is wounded and gone home and cannot help me. The letter is in fair condition; the ink is very light, and the back page is ripped without affecting any text.
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