Union Civil War Letters: Battles

35th Pa. Infantry Battle Letter Written by William D. Dixon Future Colonel & Brevet Brig-General – GREAT ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF DRANESVILLE, VA.

The U.S. Marines at the Battle of Manassas, July 20th, 1861 – Charles H. Pierce, Co. D, Marine Battalion

15th Mass. Soldier’s Letter – Ball’s Bluff Battle – “I threw my cartridge box and belt into the Potomac and took my gun and started across. When I got about half way across, I went down and like to have gone down the second time when I dropped my gun.” “The men was shot all around.” “I saw Col. Baker when he was shot and helped carry him off the field. He was shot by 5 bullets.”

Union General Thomas Ruger Writes Home to His Wife Describing the Battle of Chancellorsville

Battle of Fredericksburg Letter - 105th N.Y. Vol. - Capt. Abraham Moore Describes Looking for One of His Missing Men on the Battlefield - "I went so near the enemies pickets that could hear them cough & talk.  But on account of so many wounded men that was then calling for help, praying & making all sorts of noise, the enemy did not observe me."

Battery F, 1st PA. Lt. Art. Writes from the Battlefield of Antietam   

Battle of Cedar Creek - 1oth VT.

101st Ohio Infantry -
Altoona Pass Battle Letter

55th IL. KIA Shiloh Last Letter Home

13th PA. Cav. (Irish Dragoons) Fighting Rebs in
the Shenandoah Valley

116th Penn. Inf. "Irish" - Action at Bristoe Station - Great Escape Story... Chased by Rebels!

13th N.H. Inf. - Pvt. Prime Gives  Graphic Description of the Battle of Fredericksburg - "One house in particular I counted 54 shot holes in it... all torn to pieces" - Sends Home a Piece of Ivory from a Destroyed Piano "to remember Fredericksburg by"

1st Mass. Inf. - Peninsula Campaign Battle Letter April 14, 1862 - "Berdan Sharpshooters dropped a man about every time they fired."

1st Mass. Infantry - Spotsylvania Battle Letter May 19th, 1864

7th Oh. Vol. Inf. - Battle Action at Lookout Mountain

16th Ma. Inf. - Excellent Fair Oaks Battle Letter - Decaying Rebels Made  the Atmosphere Very Unpleasant - One of Our Men Wounded in the Side: "The Rebels had run a bayonet through his neck & searched his pockets"

4th Vermont Infantry - Battle of Lee's Mill, Virginia April 1862

5th Conn. Inf. - First Battle of  Winchester - Fighting Stonewall Jackson - Great Letter by Musician J. Atwater Hall

38th Mass. in Baltimore (Stewarts Mansion Hospital) - On Guard Duty "if anyone offers us any insult to run the bayonet through them"!

21st Oh. Inf. - Battle of Chickamauga Letter - Armed with Colt Revolving Rifles, when they ran out of ammunition they made 3 bayonet charges!

15th N.J. Fredericksburg Battle "The Rebels fight like bulldogs" "I had a bullet shot right threw my blanket, which was strapped to my back"