4th Rhode Island letter/ Battle of the Cornfield at Antietam
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Soldier's Letter, 2 pages, folio, October the 3rd 1862. Samuel Francis (Co. D, 4th Rhode Island Infantry) writes an eyewitness account of the bloody Battle of the Cornfiled at Antietam on September 16, 1862:

"...We were about 8 days driving the rebels and the last day was very hard for us after we had fired a few shots at them in the cornfield we looked round to the rear of us we saw them coming in on a charge to us with their mouths open and I tell you we left out of that cornfield in double quick and the grape and canister came after us in shower and mowed us down  most severely and our artillery fell short of amunition and fell back and let the rebels right down upon us..."

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Creasing and some ink smudging, otherwise fine and legible. Letters with an account of the cornfield at Antietam are rare.

  • Item #: RI4

4th Rhode Island letter/ Battle of the Cornfield at Antietam

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