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    [Battle of Fredericksburg]. Two Accounts of the Battle and Aftermath by a Union Private and a Confederate Surgeon. The earlier of the two letters, a four page letter from Private William A. Moorehead, 133rd Pennsylvania Infantry, is dated December 20, 1862, five days after the battle. Here, Moorehead gives his account of the battle, in part: "The first scouring the rebs gave us was crossing the pontoon bridge they piled the shell pretty thick for a while but they could not get their guns ranged right to strike the bridge, so we all crossed safe. We was then taken through the town back on the battle-field where we was drawn up in a line of battle . . . and in we went. The rebs met us with heavy volleys of shot shell grape and canister. . . . We went in on Saturday afternoon and fought til after dark. . . . Our Regt. lost 287 killed, wounded and missing. Our company had nine wounded and two missing, and our Capt. wounded in two places."

    The Confederate version is provided by Surgeon A.A. Lyon, 48th Mississippi Infantry, who penned this six page letter to his parents on December 22, 1862, gives a description of the town after the battle, in part: "I saw much that was horrible, but nothing impressed me so painfully as the ruthless and savage manner in which the vandals had sacked the town. . . . Every house was burst open and ripped up and their contents strewn in the street . . . everything in the shape of furniture was most recklessly destroyed. The houses . . . were considerably damaged by the shells, though these missiles did not do half the injury as the soldiers themselves did. . . . it is agreeable to know that many of these desolating wretches have drenched with their heart's blood the soil they so brutally desecrated . . . Hundreds of Yankee carcasses lay stiff cold & stripped, through and about the town. . . . Never before in my life did I feel that bitterness and vengefulness for our enemies as I did on that occasion."

    Both letters are in near fine condition.


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