"Near a drawn fight"

James Steptoe Johnston (1843–1924) to Mary Green, September 22, 1862. Mercer Green Johnston Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

The Yankees say they routed and demoralized our Army. This is false. Our papers will probably say that we whipped the Yankees, this will be false too. I think the battle was as near a drawn fight as we have had since the war and if there was any advantage the Yankees had it for they captured and held a battery of ours, while we failed to hold or secure the one we took from them. The next day, both parties were so exhausted that they layed down in front of one another as quiet as lambs.

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.