“I must bid you farewell should I be killed”

Lewis Henry Douglass (1840-1908) to Helen Amelia Loguen, July 20, 1863. Carter G. Woodson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

A shell would explode and clear a space of twenty feet. Our men would close up again, but it was no use we had to retreat, which was a very hazardous undertaking. How I got out of that fight alive I can not tell, but I am here. My Dear girl I hope again to see you I must bid you farewell should I be killed. Remember if I die I die in a good cause. I wish we had a hundred thousand colored troops we would put an end to this war.

This blog complements the Library of Congress exhibition, “The Civil War in America.” This series of posts chronicles the sacrifices and accomplishments of those—from both the North and South—whose lives were lost or affected by the events of 1861–1865. To learn more about the object featured in this blog entry, visit the online exhibition.

One Comment

  1. Marvin S. Robinson, II
    February 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    THANK YOU, Library of CONGRESS- networks and resources such as these and other online sites and newspapers continue to improve the voided space of almost near zero COMMEMORATIONS of the 150th Anniversary of the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.
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    Marvin S. Robinson, II
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