Tag Archives: Battle of Antietam

31 May 1863: “I find that the pamphlet has been industriously circulated, and as I have been attacked in it has become a necessity for me to defend myself…”

Item description: Letter, dated 31 May 1863, from Major General Lafayette McLaws to General Hood, defending McLaws’ leadership at the Battle of Antietam. Item citation: from folder 7 in the Lafayette McLaws Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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25 November 1862: if he can to bring me some little provision with him and an old Roomy pair of shoes if he can and a little more brandy

Item Description: Letter of 25 November 1862 from William A. Collins, who was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and lay dying Chimborazo Hospital No. 4 in Richmond, Va., to his father. [Transcription available below images.]   Item Citation: William … Continue reading

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18 November 1862: “Now I tell you if you want to see him alive you must come shortly for he cant live long the fix he is in…”

Item Description: Letter of 18 November 1862 from Captain Arthur Walker to the father of William A. Collins, who was wounded at the Battle of Antietam and lay dying at Chimborazo Hospital No. 4 in Richmond, Va. [Transcription available below … Continue reading

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6 November 1862: “Press is a faithful servant to me considering the chances he has. I am satisfied with him.”

Item description: Letter, 6 November 1862, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). Thomson reports on the status of his regiment following the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). He also mentions his satisfaction with his body … Continue reading

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31 October 1862: “there is now an ulcer about the bigness of the palm of my hand, laying the cords of my leg almost bare.”

Item description: Letter, dated 31 October 1862, from Charles H. Little, Company K, 9th New Hampshire Volunteers, to his wife. Little writes from a hospital in Frederick, Maryland, describing the treatment he has been receiving for a wound received at the … Continue reading

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19 October 1862: “it is with a heavy and sorrowful heart, to inform you that I am at Richmond, wounded & am also in bad health…”

Item description: Letter, 19 October 1862, from William A. Collins, private in Company C, 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his parents in Statesville, N.C. More about William A. Collins: William A. Collins of Statesville, N.C., was born into a … Continue reading

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30 September 1862: “Jess I found was wounded in the Sharpsburg Battle, shot through the back of the neck. It is certainly a dangerous looking wound, but Jess seems not to mind it.”

Item description: Letter, 30 September 1862, from Ruffin Thomson, 18th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, to his “Pa” (William H. Thomson). The letter describes some of the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam (Battle of Sharpsburg). More about Ruffin Thomson: Ruffin Thomson … Continue reading

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29 September 1862: “Our Reg’t went into the fight with 299 men and 26 officers, were engaged for 7 hours and lost 87 men & 16 officers killed & wounded.”

Item description: Letter, 29 September 1862, from James A. Graham, third lieutenant in the “Orange Guard,” Company G, 27th Regiment N.C. Troops, to his father William A. Graham. Item citation: From the James Augustus Graham Papers, #283, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson … Continue reading

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21 September 1862: “Our Reg’t was in the fight at Sharpsburg Md. last Wednesday (17th) and lost nearly 200 men killed and wounded. I escaped without a single scratch.”

Item description: Letter, 21 September 1862, from James A. Graham (1841-1908), Company G (Orange Guards), 27th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, to his mother Susannah Washington Graham (1816-1890). Item citation: From the James Augustus Graham Papers, #283, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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19 September 1862: “O what terrible fighting they are having in Maryland for the last five days…”

Item description: Letter, 19 September 1862, from Jonathan Lewis Whittaker to his wife Julia A. Wells Whitaker. More about Jonathan Lewis Whittaker: Jonathan Lewis Whitaker (fl. 1862-1865) was a physician of Orange County, N.Y., who served as a United States … Continue reading

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