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Letter from Mattocks, a surgeon in the MN Seventh Regiment, to his sister telling of a recent battle – December 22, 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 the field, telling of a recent battle with the Rebels.
A partial transcription of the letter:

In the field
Dec 22nd 1864
My Dear Sister Nellie
[…] We received orders on the night of the 14th that we were to have a big fight the next day, so we got everything ready – diaries written up, letters written, boxes packed &c. We all looked the matter in the face. We might get killed. About 8am we […ered] out in fine style, and formed a long line and cautious by […ered] along, feeling the enemies positions. At length we found out one of their batteries, and a fierce battery fight ensued. We were not engaged in this at all, we were but spectators, yet the shell burnt around us all the time. Just at this time poor Rice was wounded and I had to take him from the field. I then went to the rear for my ambulance and took them to one of the [f…] we had just captured. It was a sickening sight to see the dead Rebels lying around[…] There followed what I never care to see again. The men all rose up at once threw down the fence, and with a yell started for the stone wall on the other side of the field. Then such a storm I never saw before bullets and grape fell like hail, and still the men pressed on, until the wall was reached. At that charge we captured 4 guns (cannon) and a large number of prisoners, persuing their broken lines until they were lost in the woods. […]
Your loving brother
Brewer Mattocks



See entire letter here: 1864-12-22_Brewer_Combined

Citation: December 22, 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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