Letter from William [McKeand?] to Eliza Quilty

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Letter written by William [McKeand?] to Eliza Quilty.

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



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Oct 2d Nagesstown M.D. Sept Friend Eliza I have just rec"d your letter and was glad to hear from you I had almost began to think you had forgotten to answer me but this is the first mail we have had for ten days I supose you have herd of the great Battle at Antietem and at the Cumberland Pass at the latter our Core done all the Fighting and won a splendid Victory we charged up the mountain driving the Rebels before us like sheep and took 1400 Prisoners and one brass gun The next day we had a rest and the day following we marched for Sharpsburg Just in time for the battle which had began and raiged Fiercly Our Brigade was Ordered

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To the right but the Centre being driven back we had to Double quick back to the Centre the Rebs were driving our men back when our Brigade wheeled into line and and pressed forward on the Double Quick and drove the enemy from the ground they had just gained and held it not to be given up at this time the Canonading was Feerfall the musketing was also deafning and the air was filled with shells and balls thus it raiged all day and at night as though by mutual consul all firing seased the next day was spent in buring the dead and by this means the Rebs made good their retreat the following morning all was gone except the wounded the field was covered withe the dead

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And wounded it was an awful sight to -- behold it is by far the hardest fought field of the war we are more doing duty as [?] Guards in Nagesstown There is no troops here but ours and I think we will stay here for some time whe had six wounded and one killed Tho latter boy killed by the side of [?] he was a Colour bearer [?] + well excepting

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