A very interesting 1862 Civil War Confederate Soldier's Letter that includes his graphic account a confederate battle victory near Richmond in July of 1862. Letter in pencil by Charles Robert Harris of the 6th GA Infantry is written to his brother.I have always longed to be in a large fight and gain a great victory. I think I have done both and it was to but there was not half as many men killed and thought would be when the fight was going on but God knows there was enough killed. I saw as many as five hundred dead yankees in one place that is they lay as thick as men could lay the ground was covered in places.
I got very tired of seeing dead men but we did not lose many men. I did not feel I was in much danger. Only one time that was the last fight and about ten o'clock in the night it began to rain bomb shells and grape shot and the boys commenced lighting the x... Then I thought the time had come when I should quit the walks of man. I did not get that scarred until all x...I was just as close to them as I could march and I fell over them. I did not know weather to get up or not but I concluded that I was not dead yet and got up and helped them up but so found out they could not stand up.
I could not stand to leave them there. I find there is many sick men at such a time as that both sided are crowded all the time. The fighting is going on and as soon as it over there are men that get to the enemies graves first and will pilfer every mans jacket. I have saw men draw pants and slips off of dead yankees when men get that far along they can do anything don't you say so we could get anything we wanted without going that far. I had liked to tell have forgotten to tell you about the whiskey the yanks buried.
They found six hundred barrels in a swamp. I wish I could tell you all that was captured in that battle but that is impossible for me to do I will not try to tell this time. Approximately 9.5" X 13.75" multifold letter with torn/frayed edges and separated at center fold. The item "1862 Civil War Confederate Soldier's Letter 500 dead Yankees -6th GA Infantry" is in sale since Thursday, September 19, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Correspondence, Mail".
The seller is "syljr" and is located in Atlanta, Georgia. This item can be shipped to United States.