Derastus E. W. Myers Civil War Letter
Battle of Chancellorsville and Death of Stonewall Jackson
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Letter, dated 11 May 1863, from Confederate soldier D.E.W. Myers to his brother and sister. The letter was written from "Camp Near Hamilton's Crossing" after the Battle of Chancellorsville; topics include death of Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Myers served as a Sergeant, Company C, 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment.
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Camp Near Hamiltons Crossing
May the 11th 1863
Dear Bro and sister
Time and opportunity affords me the pleasure of communicating a few words to you by way of letter. I am well and in good spirits hoping you are the same for that is one of the greatest that can be bestowed upon mortal man. [illegible] the Lord hath crowned our arms with another glorious victory although many a gallant officer and soldier was made the Victim of Death, amongst them was Lieut. Gen. Jackson, Capt. Hib[le], Lieut Hottle, Col. Warren and Maj Stover. But we cannot expect to fight and loose no men . I feel sorry for the loss of them all but the Lord gave them to us and He saw proper to take them away. I think it was one of the hottest contests of the war. The enemy were strongly entrenched. We fought them on the left at Chancellorsville with [40,000] men against [110,000]. I never was under such a fire of grape shell canister and musketry in my life though the Lord spared my life. We also lost our Brigadier Gen. Paxton. I would like for you to have [been] there to have seen the battle field. I was in a thicket and there was not a twig as thick as a man's finger that was not struck with a ball. It seems all most impossible for a man to escape but all things are possible with Him that rules the universe. There was about two hundred men from this Brigade went to escort Gen. Jackson's body to his home. This morning we are encamped about two miles from Hamilton's Crossing. We have a pleasant camp. The Yankee are on the other side of the river at their old camps. I don't think they will try the route to Richmond soon again. Bob is well and as fat as ever. He is so lazy that he can hardly see and I am not much better. I have not heard from Jim for about three weeks. He was [illegible]. Give my love to all inquiring friends and to the ladys especially. Nothing more at present but remain your Brother untill Death
D.E.W. Myers. P.S. write soon. Direct as before.