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CSA SOLDIER IS KILLED AT THE WILDERNESS Fine content Confederate soldier's letter, 3pp. 8vo., "Camp near Petersburg, Va.", July 26, 1864 in which Pvt. Thomas M. Thompson of Co. B, 15th N.C. Infy. tells Martha M. Scott of the death of her brother in combat. In part: "...Your soldier brother who was killed in the Wilderness on the 5th day of May you should ever be proud that you had such a noble harted brother he was a good and dutiful soldier...give you the particulars of his Death as far as 1 am able he was lying down when he was struck in the head with a minie ball passing through his head which caused Death almost immediately if he ever spoke after he was hit I never knew it he was not brought off of the battlefield till the battle was over and then he was brought off and buried in soldiers style he had in his pocket at the time over twenty dollars but our men had to fall back and the Yankees got his money I recon and also got all he had in his pocket besides the Government is due him 4 months wages which is 44 dollars...he is better off than he could be here in driving all the hard ships that we now undergo and died a fighting like a brave soldier...out of 14 men from Carwell there is only 4 of us left we feel bad when we think of our dead comrades but we all have a little hope of living to get home again we are still in lines of battle and we know not how soon the rest of us may share the same fate...". Folds, light toning, else very good. Thompson himself was twice wounded: at Fredericksburg and at the Wilderness, and was captured at Hatcher's Run.
Estimate $ 300-400

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