A very interesting condolence letter written by Sergeant John F. Davis of the 18th Georgia Infantry following the death of a comrade, likely George W. Scott , who had been wounded at the Battle of Gainess Mill.He wrote to the family of Washie in order to mourn the loss of a kind, true, and affectionate brother. I can say that he was a good boy.
He left this world without an enemy and I hope he is gone happy. The whole company laments his loss. They all speak to praise him and no one knew him who did not love him. Washie was a brave soldier. He fell while marching gallantly on the enemys batteries through a shower of lead and bombs.He fell about one hundred yards before we got to the battery. At the same time he fell there was one of our lieutenants killed and five others of our company wounded right around him right by his side. I was right by his side and escaped unhurt. I cant see how any of us missed getting killed. Washies taking the fever was the cause of his death. Davis then mentions that another soldier, John Tucker , had come to the company. Tucker would later be captured at Fredericksburg and killed the following May at Chancellorsvillethe same day that Davis himself would be killed.
The letter was written in ink on both sides of a blue sheet of writing paper measuring 7 3/4 x 9 3/4. Dear Martha, Fannie, and Pame, I call you because you feel near to me. You as well as me have to mourn the loss of a kind, true, and affectionate brother. You must bear it the best you can.
There are many who have lost their best friend. Some of the boys saw Archey the other day. The boys are generally well. John Tucker has come to us.I cant say when we will be in another fight, but we are ready to defend our mothers, sisters, and loved homes. You must take all things easy and trust in God who rules the battle. I will send you thirty two dollars by F. Landers for which you must give your receipt. I have wrote to W. Write soon to your affectionate friend and brother. Please see my other items for more interesting Civil War letters, documents, and images.
The item "1862 Civil War Confederate Condolence Letter 18th Georgia Gaines's Mill" is in sale since Tuesday, February 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Correspondence, Mail". The seller is "iron-horse-sales" and is located in Champaign, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Uruguay, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Canada, South africa, Colombia, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman islands, Sri lanka, Maldives, Oman, Reunion.