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DescriptionThe Battle of Williamsburg, Va: Letter by Charles E. McCulloch, 7th Georgia Infantry.
The letter is headed "Camp about 17 miles near Richmond, Va. May 12th, 1862". The writer, Charles E. McCulloch was a resident of DeKalb County, Georgia. He served the entire war enlisting on May 29th, 1861 and surrendering on April 9th, 1865 at Appomattox Court House. This attractive 4 page letter in ink is written on pink stationery. Charles was one of three McCulloch brothers that fought in the war. While he made it through, his one brother had his foot amputated (John McCulloch) and the other died of his wounds (James W. McCulloch). Reads in part:
"We have reorganized and elected our officers. W. T. Wilson Col., W. W. White Lieut. Col., E. W. Hoyle Major., W. W. Bradbury our Captain, J. Hunter first Lieut., H. H. Norman 2nd, and R. F. Davis, 3rd. I did not run for any office. I AM HIGH PRIVATE, JUST AS GOOD AS ANY." (Of the Officers listed, the Major, the Captain and the 2nd Lieut. died of wounds and the 1st Lieut. was seriously wounded!)
"We have seen a hard time for the last month. You have heard all about our little battle at Yorktown, and about the old 7th charging and running them out of our trenches. We have had several fights on our retreat, but whip them every time."
"We had a desperate bloody fight at Williamsburg."
"Some of the Yankees got into our breastworks before our men knew it, but we whip them out. One of the Yankee Regt. and one of ours had a race to see which could get there first, but ours beat, and I tell you the way they cut the Yankees down was not slow."
"SOMEONE SAID ONE OF THE FLORIDA REGT. WAS COMING TOWARDS WILLIAMSBURG, AND ONE OF THE YANKEE REGT. WITH A SECESSION FLAG TOLD THEM TO HALT. THE ENEMY WAS CLOSE BY. THEY HALTED AND THE YANKEES GOT IN ABOUT 70 YDS. AND SHOT AT THEM. They cut our men down pretty bad, but OUR BRAVE FLORIDIANS CUT LOOSE ON THEM, and this way they made them get further."
"Our Cavalry charged on their Cavalry, and they stood the charge, but we soon made them give back. They killed the Col. of the Yankee Cavalry, I think. We taken the Col. and Adj. of the 7th New York, that famous 7th. The Col. said the whole Regt. was killed and taken prisoners, also the 73rd New York."
"We also had a fight somewhere near West Point. I do not know so much about that fight, but the prisoners said one company of 70 men went into the fight, and 60 of them were killed dead on the field, and the other 10 just give up and come to our men and said they were the most desperate men they ever saw."
"I have heard that Jackson has whip them awfully in the valley and also Beauregard in Miss., and Kirby Smith in Ala. I cannot say for certain, but I hope it is so."
"I am now where I can get no paper nor anything else... Tell Brother to write and let me know whether he can get a substitute or not, and if he goes off, tell him to be sure and come here. Write soon. Give my love to all. Good bye. Your Affectionate Brother, C. E. McCulloch"
In fine condition. The 7th Georgia was a great regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia. From the Calvin Packard Civil War Battlefield Letter Collection
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