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18 May 1863

Camp near Aquia Creek, Va.
May 18th 1863

My dear mother,

It is with pleasure that I now sit down to pen a few lines to you to let you know that I am well and hope you are the same. Well, Mother, we have had another gay old fight over the other side of the Fredericksburg at a place called Chancellorsville. It lasted from the 1st to the 5th and we was whipped generally. They took 5 or 6 batteries from us (a battery is 6 guns) and lots of prisoners. How many, I can’t tell. Our regiment got cut up some but didn’t fire again. We lost 28 in killed and wounded. There was none hurt in our company. I got a bullet through my clothes but wasn’t hurt any. A sharpshooter tried to fetch me but he didn’t hit right. The ball went across my breast between my shirt and coat right from one shoulder to the other, clear across, and didn’t hurt me. I call that close, don’t you.

Sall has fixed himself this time. He run off again as usual but he won’t get off as he did before, I can tell you. The cowardly, sneaking [  ] might better be in hell than to have his captain get hold of him now.

Well, I will close for this time as I am in a hurry to get supper. So goodbye for this time.

— Ed Whipple

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