Civil War letter from Union soldier besieging Petersburg, Virginia describing shelling by Confederate artillery

Petersburg, VA: [1865]. Unbound. Civil War letter from Union soldier besieging Petersburg, Virginia describing shelling by Confederate artillery. By “George.” Near Petersburg, VA: [1865] In this three-page letter, datelined “in Camp near pettersburgs Va,” to a younger brother, George makes light of the discomfort of camp life and describes how he jokes with himself to make it more palatable: “i found a further (feather) the other night i turned over the bord and put it on remine me of a further bead (feather bed). i sleep as soft as thoe i was on the soft side of a pine board.” More importantly, he describes an artillery barrage, enemy desertions, and his weariness of the war: “the rebels is a harde set of men to fight but tha cant com up with our boys. . . . we are in plane sight of pettersburgs, we had orders this morning to advance and charge on pettersburgs but it so hapened we did not if we had we wold ben cut down like grass before a sith but we are waiting for further orders the rebels fire shells at ous and tha burst over our heads as thick as hale tha killed three or men of another regiment. the rebes are coming in our lines daly 27 came in tha say that tha wer evakuating pettersburgs and i hope tha will for i am tired of this cruel war the sooner it is over the better i shall be suted and i hope the lord will spare my life to come home once more to see you all and if not i pray we may [meet] whare peace is proclamed forever." Very good. Item #009261

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