Union & Confederate Soldier Letters

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Confederate Soldier: Wade Collins
July 1st, 1863
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Dear Mirabella,
This letter might be the last time you ever hear from me. I’m writing this letter to you to inform you that I entered this war with confidence and a true heart, knowing that I’m fighting for an honorable and true cause. We have stationed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania but I’d rather be home with the family in South Carolina. The Union and the Confederates have collided on this day, July 1st, 1863; Lee concentrated us here with the objective of engaging the Union and destroying them. Our battle with them seemed to have happened accidentally. Two Confederate Brigades under the command of General Heth moved in to occupy the town of Gettysburg but the town was already occupied by two Union Brigades commanded by General John Buford. The fighting broke out during 8 in the morning when we moved in from the Northwest. The Union held their ground for over an hour waiting for their reinforcements. They eventually retreated which gave me the opportunity to take some time to write you a letter. Gettysburg is farmland bordered with rocky and steep hills. I’m looking up at the sky to view a blanket of gray clouds. I feel a gentle and warm Southern breeze hitting against my face and skin. It refreshed me and my thoughts. I feel it’s best for me to leave it here. I’m a true to my country and my cause but I also miss you and my baby boy. Don’t worry so much about me, I will return if I make it with the hopes of continuing a beautiful and healthy family. Write back to me if you please, but don’t expect a response in return. I love you very much Mirabella.

Wade Collins

Union Solider: Alex Clark
July 2nd, 1863
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Dear Florence,
It has been some time since I last wrote to you and informed you of the battles, tribulations and sadness. Our army is filled with farmers, drafted men, and even disguised women. If I don’t make it through this war,...
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