Letter written by Lt. Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the 20th Maine to his wife Fanny describing his actions in the crossing of Antietam Creek and Sharpsburg. As he writes he is on the bank of the Potomac River on picket. "I am lying in a hollow where I am not much exposed, & really not at all disturbed…I can see plenty of dead & wounded men lying around, from where I sit. As soon as it can be done we are going to rescue some wounded who are calling to us from the rebel shore." Some of the letter was written directly after the battle and the rest on the 21st of September, a few days later. (Full transcription is available online.)


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