Camps Near
Fredickburg May 7 1863

Dear Father And
Mother and sister I take
my pen inhand to let yow
know that I am well at
present only I am very Stiff
bwt all the boys is so I
hope theas few lines comes
to hand they may find yow all
well I nowthing mutch to
Right only the Storm of this
Battle is over we are back at
owr old camps and got phix
wp Again I Serpose we will
Still Stay hear on I was with
the boys tell Satwrday night
we march So fwr that when we got
in line of battle we was all might
ny all give owt give owt
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And then we charge on them
And drove them back charge
one batter And got five peaces
I went with them on the charge
And I give owt and fell down
I nevver was tech I got my
belt shot intwo I was with
them five days in lines of
battle and marching on them
we nevver fird Agun tell
Satwrday eving we was fird
On Satwrday moring with grape and
Chanister four Rounds wounded
Some of our men we was
exspose to Shells ever day
from the time we Started
from our camps we give
them Acomplete whipen
I tell yow father I went
as long I cood and then
I went to the hospittle I
I Stayd their three days
And then Return to my company
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I tell yow father it is A
Sight to See they wounded
men at the hospittle they
are shot ever way and ever how
I conint help but hollow
to when we charge yankees
to See them Runing from
us it make Afellow fell
mighty brave to See them
Runing Away Jack is wownd
Doctor hix says he done it
him self I don know nowthing
Abowt it And I cant Say
we had to do some mighty
hard fighting bwt we drove
them back ever where we
met them we loss Agood
many men bwt they
loss Agrate many more
we was on the left wing
they had their brest works threw
wp we flank them And
come Rownd in their Rair
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I tell yow Jackson is
Some on Aflank movement
I am sorrow to tell you he
loss A arm or they Say he did
I cant Say weather he
did or not I herd A Yankees
prisiner Say they had thirty eight
thowsand men times owt [1]
betwixt this A June he said
they was all gowing home
So no more only tell Mr
Jackmon Dock is prisiner
I Serpose Right Soon I will
Right Soon Again
So no more at presant
William H Brotherton
To Thomas Brotherton
And mother And
Sister Right Soon Sutain

  1. times owt = enlistments would be over
May 7, 1863


Co. K, 23rd North Carolina Infantry
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC
Name Variant: 
Goes by Elizabeth, Betsy
Residence (County): 
Catawba County, NC


From State: 
From Municipality: 


To State: 
North Carolina
To County: 

Transcription/Proofing Info

Andrea Cudworth
Transcription Date: 
October, 2011
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
November, 2011

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