A shell would explode and leave a space of twenty feet. Our men would close up again, but it was no use we had to retreat which was a very long 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.