In Their Own Words
June 26, 1862
Civil War Soldier Wrote of Severe Casualties
A Georgia soldier wrote home to his parents on the grisly toll the preceding battles had on his company.
“…It hurts me much to have to write you such a distressing letter this morning in the way we all suffered yesterday. We were in one of the severest fights yesterday that has been fought. At least one regiment suffered very much. There was three of our company killed. Two of our mess were killed. Joe Rucker and Levert Pilgrim were killed out of our mess. John Mosteller was killed, all shot in the head. There were twenty-two our our company wounded, and several of our mess was wounded. Dock got slightly wounded in the top of his head. Teasley got wounded in both his legs below the knees, but his legs are not broken. I hope it is not very bad. John Rucker was wounded in both arms but none are broken, and I hope he will get well without losing one of his arms. But Sandy Morris got his left leg broken below his knee and [it] will have to be cut off, I reckon. Ben Morris got his left arm broke below his elbow. I would like for you to tell Mrs. Morris about her boys. Monroe Emory got his right eye shot out, and the doctor says he will get over the wound. There are [those] who were wounded in our mess, and I can’t mention the others who were wounded in our company. Captain Foster shot off one of his fingers with his own repeater. …”
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), “Dear Mother: Don’t grieve about me. If I get killed, I’ll only be dead.”: Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 139.