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Date: December 16th, 1863
This letter was written in Fredericksburg, Virginia by John Kelt, who served in many Union infantry regiments during the Civil War. It is addressed to his father, and describes Kelt's most recent battle.
Kelt was later promoted to first lieutenant and survived the war.
Minor stains and tears in the paper are present, iron gall ink has faded from black to brown. The letter has been encased in a UV resistant sleeve within a hard acrylic display. Avoid sunlight and keep in a cool, dry place.
I write you once more to let you know that I am well and again unhurt after another hard fought battle in which I had the honor of commanding a company as my Capt. was sick. Out of 12 privates that I took into the fight, I lost 6 and 2 corporals. Our Brigade gets a great deal of credit for the maner [sic] which they behaved themselves and our Regt. the credit of being the best in the Brigade.
I have not got my clothes as yet but understand that they are at Aquia Creek. I cannot give you much of an account of the Battle. You get the papers and they give all of the news. I have not time to write more at preasant [sic] love to all and remains your affectionate John.