Although these are roll books from 1863, it gives you an idea of what they looked like.
His next letter is written over a three day period from September 11 - 13th. He was in Maryland at the time. One of the major battles of the Civil War was fought just days later from September 16-18th in Antietam/Sharpsburg. His letter outlines a first hand account of the battle and the days leading up to it.
Thursday September 11 1862
Camp in Gen Slocums Divisions
"My Dearest Wife
I write to you once more again to assure that I am all alive & well & hearty as can be ~ after sending you yesterday morning my letter we received marching orders & we marched 15 miles from 10 o'clock AM untill 6 o'clock P.M. one of the hardest marches a green Regiment ever made ~ but I believe I could have marched 20 easy I felt so good it was not half so hard yesterday as the first days march to me though it was very hot ~ a good deal hotter that old Springfield ever see ~ we are now encamped on what was a battlefield yesterday but to day it is all quiet enough [.] we arrived here just as they the rebels got through fighting & had retired ~ they killed one of our men & wounded one or two but our men killed 2 of the Rebels & wounded 4-2 mortally[.] They lay up about 40 rods" (A measurement approximately 1/8 of a mile.) "from us now ~ our forces fought the rebels 10 miles yesterday right ahead of us on the same road & beat them back ~ now understand this 10 miles was the road that we came over~"
He ended that section of the letter because it was after supper and growing dark at that point. Come back tomorrow for the continuation of September 12, 1862!
|1863 Roll Book of P.R. Woodcock|