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A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie on performing surgery on wounded soldiers – October 28, 1864

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from Harrisonville, Missouri, telling of pursuing  General Price, difficult marches, and performing surgery on wounded soldiers.

A partial transcription of the letter:

Harrisonville MO
Oct 28th 1864

My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] For the past ten days we have been following up General Price night and day. The nearest we came to him was [Eleven] miles – of course we could not [h…] him as his men are mounted and we are infantry. I think now that we are about through and we expect soon to leave for St. Louis, and from there to Memphis – the Authorities may change our course and we may remain in the field, and follow Price. You have no idea how we have had to travel – in two months we have traveled twelve hundred miles and have had to march a part of the way. Out of 800 men we have but 280 with us – the rest are not dead, but scattered all over the country. I should not wonder if we wintered in Memphis. I hope so. On our last march we came across a battle field fought over by Price and Blunt. There were a number of dead and wounded there. Upon the […tation] of a rebel surgeon I took off a mans thigh and anothers leg – pretty good for a boy isn’t it? […]
Your aff brother
Brewer Mattocks

See entire letter here: 1864-10-28_Brewer_combined

Citation: October 28, 1864. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934.  Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers.  Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]

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