Near Sharpsburg. Sept. 17th 1862.
On the field
It is a misty moisty morning. We are engaging the enemy and are drawn up in support of Hooker who is now banging away most briskly. I write in the saddle to send you my love and to say that I am very well so far —
Dearest mother, I am wounded so as to be helpless. Good bye if so it must be I think I die in victory. God defend our country. I trust in God & love you all to the last
Dearest love to father & all my dear brothers. Our troops have left the part of the field where I lay —
All is well with those that have faith
Today marks the 150 anniversary of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.