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    [Battle of Shiloh]. Detailed Letter From Daniel S. Donelson, 2nd Confederate Infantry, Describing the Aftermath of the Battle of Shiloh. Two pages, 7.75" x 12.5", Head Quarters 2nd Confederate Regiment, Corinth, Mississippi, April 15, 1862, to his mother. The Battle of Shiloh, fought April 6-7, 1862, claimed over 20,000 Union and Confederate troops. The carnage and ferocity of fighting shocked both armies.

    Donelson's letter is well written and descriptive, providing a first-hand look at the battle from the average Confederate soldier's vantage point. Donelson writes, in part: "I have had no rest since the Battle, nearly all the officers have gone away either wounded or sick. I have been acting Brigade & Reg't adjutant both which has kept me busy all day & till from 12 to 2 at night...The army is being organized again as rapidly as possible (it need not be denied we were terribly crippled by the late fight) & we will be in a condition to fight again in about one week. Sunday morning we won a glorious but dearly bought victory & Sunday evening Genl Johnstons determination to press his column forward to capture their whole army cost him his life as well as many other gallant soldiers... I shot at the enemy with one of his own guns... I picked up several very fine swords but none of them had scabbards - I brought no trophy from the field except an Enfield rifle & accoutrements & two fine canteens. Joe is now dressed in a fine blue Yankee uniform...". The paper has toned and displays some moderate foxing and dirtiness. One small hole at approximately the center of the letter trivially affects the text. A fine first-hand account, worthy of more research.


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