Doughty continues, we commenced fighting the fifth of this month and have been fighting on some part of the lines a great part of the time since. He notes that the regiment went in with four hundred and eighty guns, but that after a week of hard fighting, including the Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse, we have only about one hundred and fifty. Of the May 12 Mule Shoe attack at Spotsylvania, he writes, we made a charge a few days ago and took about seven thousand prisoners and about twenty pieces of artillery.I thought the whole Southern army was coming. Doughty states he will write home with the details of the battle if I live to see the fight through. He concludes somberly, leave me in the hands of God. The letter was written on three pages of a 5 x 8 bifolium letter sheet. Very good condition with moderate toning. Doughtys writing is somewhat faint, but still easily readable. Creased at the original mailing folds. On the Battlefield, Near Spotsylvania Courthouse Va. I will write a few lines to you this afternoon to let you know that with the goodness of our kind Heavenly Father my poor life has been spared thusfar through the bloody strife, while many of my comrades have fallen by my side. We commenced fighting the fifth of this month and have been fighting on some part of the lines a great part of the time since. Our Regiment went in with four hundred and eighty guns and now we have only about one hundred and fifty. I dont know how much longer the Battle will last, but I hope not much longer. We made a charge a few days ago and took about seven thousand prisoners and about twenty pieces of artillery.
I cannot write much today and I dont know when I shall have a chance to send this. If I live to see the fight through I will write all the particulars.
Trust me in the hands of God. I will put in a few more lines today.
I have not had a chance to send it yet. We have not had much fighting since the 17th.
We had a little engagement yesterday morning but it did not last long. We have had none today. I understand that we are to move again tomorrow morning but I dont know certain.Leave me in the hands of God. Please see my other items for more interesting Civil War letters, documents, and images. The item "1862 Civil War Soldier Letter 17th Maine Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse" is in sale since Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
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