25 May 1864: “This fight has been going on 21 days and I suppose that Mr. Grant says he will fight ninety days or take Richmond. Well for my parte I do not know whether he will take it or not but I know he will have some hard fighting before he gets Richmond.”

Item Description: Letter, dated 25 May 1864 from H.C. Fogleman, a Confederate Lieutenant, to his cousin Martin Moser, describing his participation in the Battle of the Wilderness. Moser was a farmer in Alamance County, North Carolina.

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Item Citation: Folder 4 Martin Moser Papers #03972-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Item Transcription:

Hanover Junction

May the 25th 1864

Dear Cousin,

I seat myself this morning to drop you a few lines to let you know that I reach my company safe and I found them in line of battle. The battle commence the fourth of May and I reach my company the sixt of May and the battle is going on yet. The Pickets is a fighting at this time. We are a lying in brest works awaiting for them to come and I expect they will attack us before knight. We worked all knight last knight throwing up brest works our line of battle is about a hundred yards from the enemy and they is any a mount of them. We has fell back from the Rappadan to Hanover Junction. This fight has been going on 21 days and I suppose that Mr. grant says he will fight ninety days or take Richmond. Well for my parte I do not know whether he will take it or not but I know he will have some hard fighting before he gets Richmond. I have bin ingaged in this fight 8 days. I have fought skirmish four days and fought with the line of battle four days and I have not bin hurt yet, but I do not know how soon my time will come. I am looking for it every day but I hope and pray I may git out of this war safe. Well I will tell you the loss of our company. We have two killed and nine wounded and two taken prisener. Lieutenant S.A. Albright and Jobe Evans was killed and Joseph Pickett, H.W. Steele, Sampson Dean, Julian Isley, James Isley, Alvin Isley, G. N. Cheek, G. W. Shofner, Henry Markham was wounded. Efram Mitchell and Daniel Smith was taken prisoner. Brother Peter was taken prisoner, our Brigadie General was killed and our Adjutant General was killed and our Colonel was wounded. I cannot tell you the loss on ether side if I could see you I could tell you more than I can rite. I want you to rite soon and give me the news in Alamance and tell me all about the girls. Give my best wishes to all inquireing frends, if they be any, so I will close by asking you to rite soon and fail not,

I remain your cousin until death,

H.C. Fogleman

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