Camped at Mechanicsville Md Sept 10th 1862 Dear Sister I rec. your kind letter of Aug 7th Sept 4 while Camped at Uptons Hall. We left Fredericksburg Aug. 9th and have been on the March most of the time ever since. That is the reason I did not get your letter before. We have also been in 5 or 6 different Battles, Skourmishes and fights dureing this time, but through the Blessings of kind Providence I have passed through them all this far without so much as a Scratch for which I feel Very thankful to my God. Friday 12th Camped at Lisbond Md; befor I had time to finish this letter we were ordered to March and arived here last Night, and will now try and finish this, but may have to put it up to March again before I can finish it. Thus is it with the Soldier. There is no time he can Call his owne, so you must not be Supprised if you do not get letters from Charles as qwick and as regular as you will expect ____________________________________________ 2 or hope to get them. The Battles that took place at and near Bull Run on a Thursday Friday and Saturday of Aug 28th 29th 30th we we in but took part only on Friday just at Sun down. We lost on that occasion 10 Men besides our Capt. These are all Missing we have since learned that our Capt. was taken prisoner. Then we had four Men wounded besides, one Slightly, one of the wounded was our third Lieut. John Wadleigh. The other two days we were mear Spectators but were presant on the field ready to be sent where ever they wanted us. Saturday was fought the Great Battle and a Great one it was to. I will not attempt to discribe it for you can get a better discription of them all in the Papers. -- We are off again -- Sept 20th Saturday AM in Camp on the Battle Field near Sharpsburg Md. again I will try and finish this letter as you will be in M. and will have a chance to see Rachels letters, I will not try to tell you of our retreat from bull Run Field, ________________________________________________ 3 suffise it to say that we finaly fell back on to the Fortifycations around Washington. We Stoped there a few days and then Marched over in to Md in persuit of the Rebeles who had crossed over in to this State. We passed through Washington at Midnight, and passed through several little villages, which looked more like N E. than any that I have ever seen in Va. We also passed through Fredericktown a place of 9,000 Inhabitance and a very pretty place, it is a lovely Country around it, it sets in a Valley and looks splended when you get up on the hills around it and look down on to it. We stoped one Night near it, but I must hasten, our forces fought the Enemy on the hights this side of Frederick town called in the Battle on Haggerstown Hights in the Papers, it was a hard fought Battle and the Enemy were driven of the Ground, our Battery took no part in the fight though we were in sight of it. The next day we Marched in persuit of the Enemy as far as Boonsboro, a distance of some 5 miles and went in to Camp for the Night just ________________________________________________ 4 beyond that Town, next day Tuesday we moved a little father to a place called Readersville and here came up with the Enemy. Cannonadeing was keped up on both sides through the day. The Infantry got at it a little about Dark, our Battery with one or two others were ordered up to Support them. The Enemy Shelled us a little as we advanced but done us no harm, it being qwite at this time, we halted near the Woods (where the fireing by the Infantry) for the night, rolled ourselfs up in our Blankits and laid down by the side of our Guns and Caissons on the Ground to Sleep for the Night. I had a very good knap. The next morning at just 6 OClock our Battery was ordered forward about a 100, yds in to Battery, that is to get in to posicion to fire. We had but just got in to Battery when the Rebeles opned on us with one of their Batterys. We soon replied with earnest, and we were the first ones to commence the Battle on our side this day, Wednesday. Soon two other Batterys of ours came to our assis -tance and after one or one and half hours Smart firein we Silanced the Rebes Battery. We stoped in this posicion till 10 OClock AM dureing this time the Infantry had been having a fierce Struggle on our left just through a piece of woods at 10 we were ordered on to this field at one place where we crossed the field the Dead and Wounded mostly Rebeles laid so thick that we had to move them to get along so as not run over them. I shall not attempt to tell or write you the Scene I beheld on the Battle Field last Wednesday and yestarday (Friday) as we passed throu -gh it, it is to much to write. Suffise to say we moved on and came in to Battery by the side of a N J Battery who were being badly handled by a Rebel Battery. in 1/2 hours time we Silanced _____________________________________________________ 4X this Rebel Battery also, after this being nearly out ______________________________________________________ 1X of Amunition we withdrew from this part of the field on to a hill near where we fought in the morning. We filled up with what Amunition we had in our Waggons and placed our Guns in Battery about 5 OClock PM. the Rebes opned on us or some Amunition Waggons in our rear with their Batterys. There happned to be 4 of our Batterys (ours included) placed along near together. We all opned on them so that it was as dumb as a Dead Dog. it was the Smartest Cannonading I ever heard. This ended the fighting for the day we laid by the side of our Pieces all Night, and Stoped in the same posicion the next day and Night. Yestarday we marched here through the Battle field, a distance of 2 or 3 Miles and Stoped till most Night then unhitched this morning at 3 1/2 OClock we were woke up and ordered to har -ness to march. We done so, waited till about 8 OClock AM. then were ordered to unhitch again so here we are and through the Blessings of God my life is yet Spared; not rec. so much as a scratch. We had only two men wounded in the Battle of Wednesday and those only flesh wounds. I wrote to Rachel that I believed we had 3 wounded. Tell her that there were only 2. You must let her see this letter. I wrote to her Thursday and sent it to the office by a Citizen. Tell her that Orin Tabor wants her Rachel to to tell Lavona (who boards at Mrs Glineses) that he is well also Frank, and have Lavona Tell McNab the same. my health is first rate, and am in good Spirets and full of hope. Rachel tells me you are a going ___________________________________________________________________ 2X to tend Shop for Putney, so it will be handy for you to hear from me it will be handy for you both. i am in hopes I shall Charles out here. I have not heard yet which Regiment he Inlisted in. I have seen a nomber of men belong -ing to the 9th Reg. I must close give my love to all especily to my loved Family.
bless them. I trust we all shall meet on Earth again soon. With much love I remain your brother T C Cheney