1864: “We Have Been In Line Of Battle”

In line of battle near Cold Harbor

Monday Morning June 6th 64

My own Darling Sister & father & mother

Last night after being relieved from outpost duty on my arrival in camp a letter from you was handed to me. I asked how it came & was told it had come down from the line of battle, curious way for a letter to come isn’t it? Yet so it is letters are constantly being passed up our lines to some of the different men in different Brigades & also accounts of the different fights pass in the same way, so we always know directly a fight is over at the end of the line we know how it went for us. I have been most anxious to hear from you all having heard that father had been taken prisoner & the town filled to overflowing with Yankee wounded & I was much afraid…

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