CONFEDERATE SOLDIER LETTER - WILLIAM M. PITTS, CO. B 1ST REGIMENT PALMETTO SHARPSHOOTERS (JENKINS REGIMENT); MORTALLY WIA - POW, 5/22/1862, WILLIAMSBURG, VA

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Dated “Yorktown April 27th 1862.” Addressed to “Dear Brother.” One page in pencil on gray lined paper w/ “Confederate States of America” heading, 9 x 7.75.” Exhibits fold-marks & light fading. Else VG & entirely legible.

William M. Pitts enlisted as a private in Captain Fitzpatrick’s Co. “B” of Micah Jenkins Regiment, 1st Regt. South Carolina Palmetto Guards, 4/14/1861. A week after this letter was written he was wounded and taken prisoner at  Williamsburg, VA. 5/5/1862, and died of gunshot wound at the Baptist Hospital there, 5/21/1862.

Text: “Dear Brother….I take this chance to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and I truly hope that when you get this it may find you the same. There is nothing verry interesting going on only that we are expecting a fight every day. They throw Burn shells at us every now and then. We have to go on Picket this evening and then we will be in about three hundred yards of the Yankees and wet  a bad situation for there is nothing but trenches to keep the Yankees from killing from  a man and it has been raining and the ground is wet—and we can’t have no tents—I have joined Kilpatrick’s Company in Jenkins Regiment if I can get a transfer I will go to Orr’s Regiment—Orrs Regiment is out at Fredericksburg now.

This letter I send by Dr. Horton. Give this letter to Pa and let him know how I am. Give my respects to all of them and write soon / W.M. Pitts /Direct your letter to Yorktown in care of Capt. Fitzgerald, gen. Jenkins regiment S.C.V.”

Excellent South Carolina collectable. Poignant letter home from a private of the 1st Palmetto Guards who would be shot and mortally wounded within a week of writing it, at Williamsburg, VA. Accompanied by a brief amount of research material. In protective sleeve.  [sr] [ph:L]

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