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Kumler, John M. (1840-1863)
WRITING HOME IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE BATTLE OF SHILOH, from their "Camp before Corinth, Miss., May 19th, 1862."
1862. Autograph letter, signed, from John M. Kumler, Co. D, 15th U.S. Infantry, to his cousin Kate. Two sheets of lined paper, folded to 7.5 x 4.5 in., 7 pp., approx. 900 words. First page of each sheet bordered with a red and a blue line on two sides, old fold lines, some nicks along folds affecting a word or two, else legible. Kumler writes to his cousin, in response to a letter from her asking about the battle of April 6-7: "I have no doubt that you are a little anxious about the results of the battle but the reports were considerably exaggerated. I admit but the loss was great, but Johnnie, whiteheaded Johnnie came out of the firey [sic] ordeal without a scratch. I imagine I saw you looking over the list of wounded and dead to see if you could recognize the name of some friend relative or perhaps a lover." He describes "the fatal field of Shiloh, April 6-7. long to be remembered by the surviving patriot soldiers. You ask whether I killed any secesh whether I saw any fall I aimed at. Now these are questions I cannot answer. 1st (you may think it very strange) I didn't see anyone to shoot at because the undergrowth was so thick we couldn't see much more than fifty yards. We fought all day behind trees if they were handy and where they were not we lay down to fire & load which saved many an aspiring youth. As a general thing they shot too high but I tell you the balls discoursed some soul stirring music over our heads and had it not have been for a generous old tree that had fallen I too would no doubt have been obliged to bite dust. But we drove the rascals from every pos … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bartleby's Books, ABAA [Chevy Chase, MD, U.S.A.]
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