Near Harpers Ferrey sept 20th [1862]

Deare wife This moring i am well and have
ben in tow 2 Battles and have not Got hurt but
i am sorrey to say som of our boys have
Good many have Got wonded David Cushing was
killied i think with a shell i was within a
few feet of him at the time we Lay on a
sid hill ready to surport a battary we Lay
under that fire for two hours we was drw
Drawn up in a line of a Battel and marched
to the enmey they fought one hour half i
fell out to help the to Carey the of the wonded
to hospatal the Last time i wrote i was at
Middle.Twon. we marched from middle town
about 4 oclock to the mountains up the hills
Dubel quick Chirmeshed the woods nid not
see the rebels we had just formed in a
Line when we received a volley from them
we Lay dwon in the garss when a nother
regt went a head give them som
we Lay there for a half a hour the Balls
flew thhick we went in to the woods
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the fire was kept up for one hour or
more it was so dark the Cos. got mixed
up so we Lay down the garss near the
Battle field in the morning we got to gather
what we Could we then marched to
Washington Country 7 or 8 miles i so tuckerd
out sunday i Could not march much i
fell out after a bout three miles went to a
house got some hot Cake milk and sauce felt
much better i was not a lone others of
the rigt. was with me i got rested a
little went on found the regt the
16th 17 of sept i shall all ways rember
Farncis is safe Ed Walker was hurt
the worst of the old Spain boys
H. Cushing. A.Cushing. A. Beard
slitly wonded. i do not know
how mamy was hurt good many
are missing but some was not in
the Battle i want to heare from
home our Chaplain has Charge of
the letters i no it is hard work
for him to fiend us but i think
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he Could if Could he if tried to much
but we do not think much of him
he likes a good thim. i expect to git
them all when he Comes i have not
received any since the 7 of sept i hop you
are all well Capt Pratt wounded in
the arm sunday. he was verey brave
in this Letter i send a letter which
got from a rebel napsack i got me more
which i shall send nex time. Eed was
Wonded in the shoulder. we have marched about 100
miles in 12 days ben in two Battls Climing up
mountians Jumping uk up roaks in line of
Battlls not stoping only one Place 2 nights
in one Place. i wish Lester an Alty
Could se the mules and hear them Blart.
i sopoes winey Groes fat an lane thalk by
this time. i want to hear how all the folks
are and how yow Git along house kee[p]ing
sunday moring i have Chance to send this
Letter i close it. we staid heare Last night
Dont wory about me if you se my naime in
the missing nine Chances to ten i may
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be safe I should Like to be
there this moring taking Carre
of the Children Lster an Alty
yow must be good boys i
expect to receive your Ltters to
Day or to morrow read the Pappars
and yow will fiend out more
then i do
Good by All
James Pratt

September 20, 1862


Co. H, 35th Massachusetts Infantry
Residence (County): 
Norfolk County, MA


Residence (County): 
Norfolk County, MA


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Transcription/Proofing Info

Rachel Flynn
Transcription Date: 
January, 2014
M. Ellis
Proof Date: 
May, 2014

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