Letter from Orlando L. French to Lydia French

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Letter written by Orlando L. French to his wife, Lydia French, during his service in the Civil War.

This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.



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Battle Ground of Cave Springs Oct 10th 1862 Dear Wife I have a chance to send my letters now and I will improve it. We have had a big battle of which you will not doubt hear before this reaches you. Our Regiment has suffered very much, from 150 to 200 killed & wounded but Capt Waltons company suffered but little. no one hurt that I am acquainted with Major Kilgore was badly wounded and we learn has died this morning. We were five miles in the rear, at the time of battle, we were not allowed to leave but at night we came down and rationed the boys, the next morning I got permission to come down to the hospitals, and it was an awful sight the boys lay there, shot in all manner of

{on opposite end of page] letters so sent will find me address Mr O L French Co A 75th Regt ? ? Louisville Kentucky

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places. mangled & torn, while the surgeon was amputating - he was taking off legs and arms all day, and is still at work at it today Oh I tell you it is awful, awful and all I can say is damn the war and damn every body that makes war - I am now in a hospital that I have not been in before and I find two boys of Co A that want to send word one is Frank [ Lord ?] lives near the burying ground is wounded in the neck, the ball came out on his back between his shoulders - do not consider it dangerous will be at home before great while = Say to his that Hugh Sherridan was shot dead on the field = Dennis Carroll do not know any thing about - Chapple wants you to say to his wife, that he is wounded in the thigh flesh wound, not dangerous - is going tonight to Louisville where she will hear from him again. Will write more as soon as I can - have just now heard that the major is not dead, - some hopes of his recovery send the enclosed paper to Mrs Remington

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