Ward, Warren. ALS, 2pp, 4.5 x 7.75 in., "In Line of Battle Atlanta." August 22, 1864. Addressed to Colonel A.F. Pope. Also included is a turned cover, previously addressed to a "Captain T.S. Gilham" of Lexington, GA, and reused to send letter featured here. It is addressed to Ward's uncle, "Col. A.F. Pope" of Macon, GA, and marked with a red "PAID" stamp at upper right corner and a red cancellation from Lexington, GA at lower left corner.
Confederate Private Warren Ward of Company C, 1st Georgia Battalion Sharpshooters, writes to his uncle from the battlefield, detailing his perilous situation. Ward writes, "I found the Battalion of Sharpshooters to which I formerly belonged disbanded there was so few of them left that the command was ineffectuall [sic]." He continues, "I am now with my regiment of which there are six companys [sic]. I have had two of my best men killed in this campaign, they wer [sic] noble soldiers. One of my comp has greatly distinguished himself since I left."
Ward also discusses the mindset of his fellow soldiers, writing, "The boys don't seem to entertain any thought of the enemys [sic] whiping [sic] us here." He then returns to the reality of their circumstances, explaining, "Our regiment has lost heavily in both officers & men. Prisoners captured speak of our chargin [sic] their works they don't seem to think of chargin [sic] us. I have but little idea that Hood will attempt any such a thing."
Ward's final commentary on the battlefront comes near the end of his letter. He writes, "Since I reached here my regiment has had a great deal of running about to do for we were acting as reserve but now we are back in the trenches with the Brig. The enemy keep up an irregular shelling all the time and there is a constant pickett firing going on."
Letter in good condition, written in dark pencil, with minor soiling and discoloration throughout, some brittleness to right edge, and three horizontal creases. Cover with adhesive residue and discoloration as well as a few small holes.
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