In line of Battle
thirty Days
June the 4 1864
Dear father And
mowther And sister I Seat
my self to drop yow Afew
lines to let yow know that
I am well at present hoping
when theas few lines comes
to hand they may find yow
well I have come threw
all they fights safe so far
And I am in good heart
yet it is trwe I have Run some
narrow chances I have Ben
shot threw my cloths in three
difference places sceince this
fight commence I was
shot threw they side into
my Shirt And the owther
side was shot two And also
in my pants But never
[page 2]
tech the Skin so that is
Anwf on that I will tell yow
we are Slaying the yanks like
fly I think we will gain the
day we are in Brest works
And still fortifiing ever
day we give them A complete
whipin yestoday they charge
our Brest works their loss is
estimated at from ten to fifteen
thowsand our at About five
hondred father I have
Ben into four hard Battles
I was in one on thursday
Commence soon and hell
on all day I never saw
as mwtch Shelling in all
my life yow kneed not
to be oneasy Abowt our
sids I think grant
[page 3]
will get A complete whipin
I think this fight will
Close the war we ar laying Back in they Reserve their
is some heavvy skirmish
gowing on Bwt that is
nowthing strange we are
looking for them to charge
us to day they have shell
so mutch that I have got
yust to it
So I will close
By asking yow to
Right Soon from

W H Brotherton

to thomas ,Brotherton
[page 4]
Mowther And Sister I
have Ben in line of
Battle thirty days
And I am still
Spared I have ReCeived
three letters sceince I
left taylorsvill from yow
I was glad to hear from
father And to hear
he had got well Samel
Robinson told me that
yow told him yow was
all well give my Best
Respects to all my freind
I dont know when this
fighting will close

to Mowther
And Sister
William H Brotherton

June 4, 1864


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 Note: 
likely near Cold Harbor, VA based on context and timing


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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