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10 April 1862 Shiloh letter from William H. Browning (probably 1st Alabama Cavalry), to his brother

Corinth, Miss April 10th 1862 Dear brother As I have leisure time this evening I Concluded to write you a few lines to inform you that I am well and hope when these few lines reaches home they may find you all well. Well I presume that you have heard of the great battle which was fought on the Tennissee river 15 miles from Corrinth. It is impossible for me to try to describe the sceine which came to my lot to witness The battle commenced sunday morning about light and continued untill dark. It was commenced the next morning again and lasted untill night Our brigade was put in on sunday about one o clock and fought untill eight the next morning we was the first ones attacted we fought untill too oclock We had 4 wounded Barry Wise, Ed Hare, Wash Seadloter & Jeff Baker but none dangerous Bill Trammell is yet missing I have often wished that I could be on a battle field but I am in hopes that it will not fall to my lot to witness another such sceine it would have mad you felt bad to see the whole woods filled with dead and wounded men. I would describe my feelings when I first went into the battle field if possible We whipped them on Sunday badly taken all theire tents provations and everything els they had. You joust ought to have seen the close they left We taken just many prisoners theire Gen Prentice was taken gen Buell is reported to be killed Our great hero Sidny Johnson was killed. I would have sent you a present if I could have brought it off the battle field I got me a fine cap. We had to march through mud and water coming home from the battle field it made nearly all the men sisck I thought at once I had rather be home and go halfes in watering your herd ______ I exspect if I ever get home I will know how to apreciate it here I am about out of paper I must close tell sis this is a Yankee paper of needles she must take good care of them for they was the hardest needles to get I ever saw it took too days hardest fighting that ever was heard of to get them I will send you a yankee letter I got in one of there Camps guess I like to forgotin it we had to throw our knapsack and havrsack ____ I recon I must close give my love to you and sis to kiss the to children for me write soon I remain your sincere brother untill death WHB Write soon as recd

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