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Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863

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Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863
Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863
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Creator: Abel Peck
Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Date: May 10, 1863
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Document
Resource Identifier: A002218
Collection Number: c.00107 - Abel Peck Papers, Folder 1
Language: English
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Contributing Institution: Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections
Relation: c.00107 - Abel Peck Papers, Folder 1
Contributor: MSU Archives and Historical Collections
Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863, Page: 1

Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863
Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863



  May 10th 63
        My Dear Childe
        I received yours of the 17th
of April sum days ago before we
broak Camp have [roat?] to once or
twise just to let you know that
I was well
      we left Camp the 28th at
noon we halted at night a few miles
                                          nded
from Fredricks Burgh was surrou^
by Pontoons & artilerey the [men?]
said we ware to cross the river
near whare we did last fall
we Campt for the night but it
was a shorte night for at elevon
we ware on the March we
struck the river about three
miles below [F?] we ware in
[hoap?] of crossing before day
light but the wagons made
so much nois that the
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Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863
Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863

enemey came to see what
                                               
was to [pay?] & gave us rather warm
work the [illegible in original] left & we halted
for a while then they sent our
Reg & the [C?] Wisconsin down to
the river we oapened fire but it
was dark & fogey so that we could
not see & we soon fell back until
day light then we ware ordered
to cross in the boats the [G?] wint
                                                ugh
a head thare was not boats eno^
                                                ey
for all to go at once the enem^
met us with a warm recip
tion we lost in our [CO?] am
kiled & three wounded before
we got a crost the river the
enemey ware in rifel pits
& had all the chanse in
the world but we crost in a
hu hurey our bois say our
Fboy was up the hil first
but I am not Shure of that
but we did take the first
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Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863
Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863

and the moast Prisoners the
rest of the Brigade ware
soon a crost & we held the
same ground that we
did last fall that night it
rand it was a harde night
but the enemey let us rest
the best we could the next
morning our Reg ware
[moved?] farther to the left
                                          fense
there we began to fi fix for de^
we tore down one large Barn
                                              ing
and two or three other out buil^
for brest works that night they
sheld us sum kiled a few
men after dark we went
to work to strengthen our
[woork?] we used the plows
                                      gs
we found in the out buildin^
                        [illegible in original]
and maid shovels out of bou^
& fixt things quite strong but
Saturday morning we
ware orderd to re cross the
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Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863
Abel Peck Letter: May 10, 1863



river that we did not like
for we thought we could
[holde?] our ground but
we left and went to the
extrem right we [halted?]
late at night & started be
fore day light crost the
river again at the [U. or W.?] S. [forde?]
Sunday morning and
went to the extreme right
and formed a line of batel
thare was two in front
of us the fireing began
before we got our position
and we expected to have work
pretey soon but we ware
hapeley disapointed but
sutch musketrey [mixt?]
with grape & canister is
seldom hurde for five
hours it was teriabel
the next morning we
ware [moved?] further to
        the right as Picketts
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