The Civil War: Treasured Letter Tells of Great-Grandfather's Death
Family's treasured letter, sent to great-grandmother, tells of esteemed officer's death during Civil War battle.
The following letter was written on
May 18, 1863, to my great-grandmother, informing her of the death of her
husband, my great-grandfather, Capt. William Carbee. Carbee was killed in the Civil
War battle at Champion Hill,
Mississippi, on May 16, 1863.
Edwards Station, Mississippi
becomes my painful duty to inform you that on the 16th, our worthy Captain and
your beloved husband fell on the Bloody field of battle while nobly and bravely
leading his gallant Company in one of the most desperate charges (on a Battery
of five guns) which had been made during the War.
was struck by a ball in the Right breast, which killed him instantly. I was by
his Side when he fell. Our, as well as your, loss is irreparable. His Kindness
and affection and Promptness in the discharge of his duty not only won for him
the admiration and esteem of his own company, But of the whole Regiment.
we get possession of Vicksburg,
if the authorities will permit, I will have him taken up and sent home, as it
was his request, and doubtless it will be a great source of comfort to you. I will
write to John Carbee as soon as we stop.
A.R. Knott, 1st
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