Camp of the 5th Regiment
Aug. 1, 1861
I received your letter and I was happy to hear that you was well I am as well as as can be expected for me by the way you wrote that the paper said that their was 40 killed 60 wounded and 300 taken prisenors but that is not so there is about 100 mising that is killed wounded and taken prisenors all together our loss is estimated at about 1500 killed and wounded and 800 taken prisoners that is as near as they can come to it now but I think there is more than that missing but we shall find out in the course of afew days and then I will write again but I tell you it was a hard fought battle now I tell you but it was so willed that I should live thou it but I tell you it was a narrow chance but I see by the paper that hey giav our maine Boys a little credit
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