• Four-Day Fight at Fredericksburg: Union Loss was 13,000; Rebel Loss was 3,000

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    4 pp, 5” x 8” ALS December 18 and 19, 1863, Camp Ruff (New Jersey). Battery H. Camp Ruff was used as a training ground for Civil War soldiers. Our soldier whose name is a bit difficult to discern writes two letters to his wife, signing his name twice.

    On patriotic stationary, in part, “…I am restless to sit down and do nothing. I must either read in books or write letters. Something must be done if I am not on duty, and I will avail much of my time in writing to you as you are nearer to my heart than any of my friend of relations, and nearer than anything in this world of trouble, this is now thirty third letter that I am writing to you, and I every send you as much news that I can get up…while I am writing to you Corporal Sarny Green is playing the fiddle and some of the other boys are Dancing for him, I seen in the paper this evening that the loss of our side in the Four Days Fight at Fredericksburg, Virginia, was over 13,000 and the Rebels loss was only 3,000. That is a story which I do not believe yet…”

    In a separate letter on the last page, dated December 19th, he writes, “As I had no time to write this morning, I thought it proper to write a few lines…Corporal D.B. Kockerberger is going home tomorrow morning and he will take this letter up there to you, he is sick today…There is a rumor in Camp this Evening that we are under marching orders and that we are to march to Washington next week but I will not believe it until we are on our march as we can not hear much more than lying in Camp. I received one letter from Father this evening and also one from Cousin Charles Arndt, as my candle is getting all and I have no more to write, and in closing I will let you know that I am well. Goodnight from your Husband John Gurdring (?).

    Small fold tears, light soiling, else very good condition.

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