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1st Delaware Infantry (A scarce regiment to find letters from) – Sergt. Major John W. Barney Writes in route to Gettysburg while camped on the Bull Run Battlefield – “I am sitting on the tombstone of a Confederate Soldier that once belonged to the 2nd Mississippi Regiment”
This 3 page letter is written in pencil. It has an ink docket on the 4th page by the person who received it. Since Delaware was such a small state, they did not have a lot of regiments. The 1st Delaware was their most famous and fought through all major battles of the Army of the Potomac in the 2nd Corps. starting with the battle of Antietam in September 1862. Our writer, John W. Barney, is on the march and he paints a nice picture of that action. The letter is headed, “Hd. Qtrs. 1st Regt. Del. Vols. Camp Near Bull Run, Va. June 23rd 1863.”

Here is the content:

• “I am now sitting beneath an old cherry tree on the Battlefield of Bull Run where Pope's troops fought last year.” 

• “I AM SITTING ON A TOMBSTONE OF A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER THAT ONCE BELONGED TO THE 2ND MISSISSIPPI REGIMENT.”

• “We have been on the march now ever since the night of the 14th of this month and have had it very rough indeed.”

• “We are camped about halfway between Bull Run and Gainesville. Thoroughfare Gap is five miles from here. Warranton is 12 miles from us. Centreville is 11 miles in our rear.”

• “We marched from Fairfax Station to Bull Run in two days and nights, and as there were a great many Bushwhackers on the railroad, so that the cars could not be trusted up until today.”

• “The first train arrives between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 a.m. It is a very beautiful part of the country here, but it is ALMOST A GRAVE YARD AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE.”

• “How long we will remain here is unknown to any of us. But we trust we will not be here long, if we have got to fight and settle the war by fighting. We think the sooner the better.”

• “Not that we love to fight but would dearly love to see peace once more, reign throughout our land.”

• “Everything is very inconvenient at present. We can get nothing we want until we get regularly camped.”

• “You must excuse me for writing with a lead pencil, as we have no ink, nor pens, nor no way of carrying it while on the march. I must now cease writing for the present. With my best wishes, I remain your friend John W. Barney Sergt. Maj. 1st Del. Vols. Camp Near Bull Run Va. 2nd Brigade 3rd Div. 2nd Corps” 


Again, letters by Delaware soldiers are very scarce and this one is from a very famous and hard fought regiment.

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