Friday, July 3, 2009

The Great Battle

The bloodiest and hardest contested, battle of the war, of modern times, has just been fought and won by the Union army in Tennessee. The two armies numbered probably more than 150,000 men, perhaps 200,000. The loss on our side is given at 18,000 – of the rebels at 35,000. We hope these figures are exaggerated, but fear they are not. Of course no list of killed and wounded can be published for some time. In fact we shall not have the full details for some days. Eleven Regiments of Iowa troops were in the battle, in fact we risk little in saying in the thickest of the fight, and many of our brave boys have doubtless fallen.

P. S. – Later news reduces our loss, we are glad to say to 5,000 killed, wounded and missing.

– Published in the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 12, 1862, p. 2

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