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96th Pennsylvania Infantry - Wounded & Captured at Spotsylvania

Item LTR-5850
September 27, 1862 Joseph Workman
Price: $225.00

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Original Civil War soldier's letter. 4 pages written in period ink.

Camp at Bakersville, Maryland
September 27th 1862

Dear Father,

I take this opportunity of informing you that I am well at present and hope this may find you all enjoying the same blessing. I received your letter some time ago but had no time to answer it sooner, for we have been marching most every day since. I guess that you have heard of the battle our Division had on Sunday the fifteenth. We drove the rebels over a high mountain and took a great many prisoners. There were ten wounded out of our company. One of them died the next day Josiah Workman was wounded in the right arm and in the breast, but he could walk around when we left. James Kaercher was wounded in the side, but I think he will get over it. Joel Burd was wounded in the arm. Robert Weaver was wounded in the leg. That is all from our place. From there we marched toward Sharpsburg. On Wednesday the 17th, there was a very hard battle fought called the Battle of Antietam. We got there at about three o’clock in the afternoon and had to support a battery as soon as we got there. A cannon ball struck Frank Treon’s leg off and wounded McCoy Sargert from Lykens. Frank Treon died in about three hours. The fight lasted until dark and then it stopped. The next morning the rebels sent in a flag of truce to bury their dead, so there was no fighting that day. But the next day we expected to have a hard fight. But the rebels had all skedaddled except their pickets and them we captured. The rebels have all crossed the river again. You can’t find one in Maryland. The rebels lost twenty thousand in that one battle. We lost a great many too. I went over the battlefield after the fight and saw an awful sight. Hundreds of dead rebels were laying all around. There were some of ours too. But no near as many as of the rebels. We had to move away from there on account of the stink. We are now laying about four miles from Williamsport an eight miles from Hagerstown. Some say that we will put up our winter quarters around here someplace but I do not believe it. I wish you would let me know how much money you have drawn and whether you get it every month or every two months. Give my respects to all my friends and relations. H. Keiser sends his respects to you all. Tell his folks that he is well. I will come to a close for this time. Expecting to hear from you soon again. So much from your son,

Joseph Workman

P.S. Direct the same as before.