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Following the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia (Seven Pines), Norris L. Church, Battle A, Rhode Island Light Artillery Writes a Humorous Letter – “If one of Jeff’s lead pills don’t hit me”
This 3 page letter written in nice dark ink was written by Norris L. Church, a resident of Hopkinton, R.I., who served in Battery A of the Rhode Island Light Artillery. At Gettysburg this Battery played a crucial role and Church was there with them. A fine stamped envelope is included, addressed to his friend Stanton Austin, Wyoming P.O. Richmond, Rhode Island. The letter is headed, “Camp at Fair Oaks Five miles from Richmond, Va. June the 9, 1862”.

• “I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know that I am alive and well and I hope that these few lines will find you the same.”

• “Frank Collins sent word to me and wanted me to send him a lock of Jeff Davis hair. I wish you would tell him that I have not had a chance to get it yet, but I was not but a short distance from him the first day of June…” (When the battle of Fair Oaks was fought)

• “…but the bullets flew too thick between me and Jeff so I could not get it then, but I will get it soon as possible.”

• “I expect to be in the city of Richmond in a few days if one of Jeff's lead pills don't hit me so as to hurt me much..”

• “...but those grey jacket Rebels shoot their pills so close sometimes that it seems as though they had just as likes hurt somebody as not.”

• “If you see any of my folks, you must tell them that I am well and kicking. You must give my love to all inquiring friends both old and young and keep a good share for yourself. I hope the war may soon come to a close so that all of us may return home to our friends and once more shake the friendly and greeting hand in a happy and peaceful home. From Norris L. Church. Write soon you receive this and direct your letter to: Norris L. Church, Battery A. R. I. Light Artillery, Gen. Sedgwick's Div. Fortress Monroe, Va.”

UNFORTUNATELY NORRIS CHURCH DID CATCH ONE OF JEFF’S LED PILLS AS HE WAS KILLED ON MAY 31ST, 1864 AT SHALLOW CREEK (NORTH ANNA), VIRGINIA.

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