Camp Near Gettysburgh, Pa,
Through the providence of God, I have been
spared through another desperate conflict. We was engaged in
battle with the enemy here and have gained one of the greatest
victories that ever this army gained and for that the desperate
battle that ever it fought. The 2nd and 3rd
of July will long be remembered by our fellow countryman.
We (the 2nd Army Corps) arrived
here the night several of our Beaver County boys but I have not
the time to name them all. Old
Strock had his right leg taken off below the knee.
Cousin Jemmie Orr was wounded slightly, but only slightly.
Our boy are all able to take care of themselves or one another.
Murray Nevin is safe and John Douds with 10 or 12 others of
Co H was on cattle guard and have been since we left Gainsville.
They got out of the business.
There is several missing of the Reg(iment)– supposed to
be taken prisoners Capt. McCalister of Co I was slightly wounded
in the leg. You will
see the List of Casualties in the paper before you get this I and
will not give you any more as I have no time.
You can tell Aunt Giena’s about Will and White’s about
Alex. They told me to
write as they did not know whether they would have an opportunity.
They was just cut in the head slightly and will soon be
ready for duty.
don’t know what our loss is estimated at. I saw a great many
dead & wounded men but think it is not near as heavy as the
rebs is. This is said to be the desperatest battle that ever
this army was engaged in; the heaviest artillery fighting that
ever has been. They opened on us Friday afternoon and give
us a desperate shelling and we did the same till our ammunition
was all fired except Grape Canister. We quit firing and I
suppose the rebs thought they had us and they advanced in three
columns on 3 lines of battle. We waited till they got close
enough for our Canister to do execution and we let them have it
and they run like sheep. We broke their columns to pieces.
I could see the effect our shot had in their ranks but they did
not stand long. They broke to run and then we got a great
many prisoners and three battle flags. I know there was more
than a thousand prisoners taken at that time and the fields was
covered with their dead & wounded.
old Lee has found out by this time that getting into PA was a bad
thing for him but I think it will be the ending of the war.
He is not going to get out of it very easy. They have left
this place and we are waiting now every minute to follow them.
Please tell Grampa and Granny and all the rest of our
friends as I have no time to write my love to all friends.
R. H. Cooper
Gettysburg July 6/63