Thursday, December 31, 2009

From Pittsburgh Landing

We give the following extracts from a private letter received last night:


ED. GATE:– This is the bloodiest battle ever fought on this continent – the fiercest and most desperate conflict of the campaign. Our loss is greater than at Ft. Donelson. The wounded are being cared for as fast as possible, and all that human hands and human sympathy can do is being done for our brave soldiers. – Our Iowa men have suffered severely; our loss not yet ascertained.

The 15th Iowa arrived on Sunday and entered at once into the engagement. Their loss as I have been able to gather was:

Co. Reid, wounded in the neck severely.
Major Belknap, in the back, slightly.
Capt. Hutchcraft, in the arm, severly.
Capt. Blackmar, in the back slightly.
Capt. Day, in hip.
Lieut. Perryman, killed.
Lieut. Hamilton, killed.
Lieut. Fisk, killed.
Lieut. J. M. Reid wounded in the neck, slightly.
Twenty-five privates killed.

Co. A, 2d Iowa, 2 killed, John A Hough one of them.

As soon as I can procure reliable lists will send them to you.

– Published in The Gate City, Keokuk, Iowa, Wednesday, April 16, 1862,

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