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DescriptionThe Battle of Gains Mill - The Confederate Account: James F. Cameron, 11th Alabama.
The 11th Alabama Infantry had a distinguished record in the Army of Northern Virginia being at all the major battles. The battle of Gaines' Mill was fought on June 27th, 1862 and was part of the Seven Days' Battles in the Peninsula Campaign. Private James F. Cameron writes 2 pages on blue stationery in nice dark ink, and had to finish the last paragraph in pencil. The letter is headed, "Monday morning, June 30th, 62" "3rd Alabama Hospital". Reads in part:
"I seat myself this morning to write to you to let you know that I am yet a living. We have had some desperate fighting since I last wrote to. I was in severe engagement last Friday evening which lasted from 3 o'clock, until dark. My left little finger was shot off, one joint of it. That is the only injury I received."
"There was 6 killed out of our company. John Maxwell, Jack Colins, Frances Eatman, John Banes, Bob Archibald, Tom Richardson. This is all I know of our company that was killed."
"This is a list of the wounded that is at this hospital with me as follows. Tom Lowrey , in the left arm, Tom Childers left arm, Land Richardson in the left arm, Jim Stafford in the right breast, Rufus Harris in the right arm. It's reported we had 24 wounded and 6 killed out of our company."
"Our regiment was ordered to charge the enemy breast works. That is when we suffered the most. I was hit in first of the charge and had to leave the field. Our regiment was driven back twice but we routed them the third time our Boys made the charge. And the Yanks got up and deserted."
"Col. Hale is very badly wounded. He was struck with four balls while gallantly leading us on to the charge. Captain Sanders acted very bravely in time of the battle. He took charge of our regiment after Col. Hale was wounded and led it on to the charge. He is as brave an officer as there is in service and as good a Captain."
"Nat Norwood distinguished himself by carrying our flag though the battle after Maxwell was killed. Maxwell was our flag bearer. 3 others was wounded trying to carry the flag before Nat took hold of it."
"I am very thankful that my wound no worse than it is. They are going to send me and rest of company to Scottsville Va., this evening to a hospital to give room for the badly wounded ones."
"Richmond is full wounded men and they are coming in every hour. Scottsville is about 70 miles from this place. The fighting began last Wednesday and has been keeping up ever since."
"We are driving the Yankees before us like a drove of sheep. I come to a close for I have not time to write anymore. Direct your letters to Richmond. I will write soon. Jas F. Cameron"
Condition is fine with some ink spotting. A great Confederate account of Gaines' Mill. From the Calvin Packard Civil War Battlefield Letter Collection
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