Thursday, July 11, 2013

Saturday, July 11, 1863

Lucy came this morning with a dispatch from Rufus dated July 4th.  He was well.  The 2 Mississippi regiment under Major Blair surrendered to him July 1st.  Kate came this evening.  Lee is still at Antietam--no battle yet.  Ephe is under Sherman who is after Johnson.  Our last letter was written June 22.  We look anxiously for further news.  Kate came home.

Peggy's comments:
Here is a letter Rufus Dawes wrote to his fiancé, Mary Gates:

Line of Battle on a hill near GettysburgJuly 2, 1863 8 a.m.
God has preserved me unharmed through another desperate bloody battle.  Regiment lost 160 men killed and wounded.  I ordered a charge and we captured a regiment.  There are no communications now with the north but I hope you will get this.

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