Apr 9, 1862
It is not worth while to try to humbug you any longer, you will hear the truth long before this reaches you. We have fought a great battle + yours am out of it bullet free any how, for which I know you will join me in thanks to Almighty GoD for I do feel truly thankful Joe + Grim + Timmy were not in the fight. They were sick in camp. Peter, Capt Jack + your man can say they took a hand in the big fight.1
“This letter is written with a yankee pen on yankee paper taken from their camp with my own hands so you can guess how the fight went.”
Every thing is in confusion for today + I cant collect my mind enough to write you any of the particulars of the fight. When I am at leisure more I will give you not an account of the battle, that you will see in the paper, but what will interest you more my own impressions of things, as they passed before me. We are very tired + foot sore + are bound to rest a few days. This letter is written with a yankee pen on yankee paper taken from their camp with my own hands so you can guess how the fight went.
There was a great many killed +wounded on both sides. We dont know our killed + wounded yet + I reckon we will never know that of the Enemy.
I send you this to let you know that we are all alive + in reasonable health, + when I remit a few days I will try to be a better man prolix in my account. In the mean time make yourself as comfortable as possible under the circumstances I will take the best care I can of myself + the boys
write to me + pray for us all + believe me your Same old boy till we meet
GoD bless you Alex
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- Grim, Timmy, and Peter are unidentified soldiers. The Infantry roster, however, shows that Charles B. Grimshaw (Grim?) served in Company B of the 19th Louisiana Infantry. Peter Clarkson who, like Alex Morgan, was from DeSoto Parish, served in Company F. To read about Joe and Capt. Jack, see People of Note. ↩