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Sanders CW Letter

The following is from the 26th AL Inf. Website:

"Isaac Henry Sanders, Captain, Born April 7, 1823 in Bedford County, Tennessee and enlisted as Captain in September, 1861. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall. Wounded at Malvern Hill on July 1, 1862 and sent home on furlough. Resigned on August 11, 1862 due to personal problems and the injuries. Re-enlisted February 17, 1863 as private. Was elected 2nd Lt. Company F, 38th Alabama on August 1, 1863 so was granted discharge from 26th Alabama on August 8. When Captain Sydney Smith found out he was still a private in the 38th he requested Sanders back which was granted. Present at Andersonville. Wounded in action at Peachtree Creek, Georgia on July 20, 1864 and returned. Wounded in left upper thigh by grapeshot at battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864 and captured in Franklin Field Hospital on December 17, 1864. Admitted to U.S.A. Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee on December 23, 1864 and upon recovery sent to Camp chase on January 9, 1865. Eventually sent to at Point Lookout Prison where he was paroled on June 12, 1865 at age 42. Resided in Melbourne, Lamar County in 1907 Census and in Columbus, Mississippi in 1911."


The following transcription was done by Allison M. Saxman.  If you are related to Isaac Henry Sanders, please contact me!  Thanks!

The original of the following letter is part of the David Ballenger Collection at the South Carolinian Library:

Yorktown, Virginia
letter to David Ballenger from Captain Isaac Sanders dated April 26, 1862

Mr. David Ballenger,

Most Worthy Friend,

I, this morning, seat myself to drop you a few lines in answer to your letter, which I have just received. Glad to hear from you, but sorry to hear you are so unwell. Hope you will soon get able to come and be with us, for I, and all the rest, want to see you, and to have your assistance, for now is a trying times with us. There are a great many sick in our Company. F. T. Welburn has come to us some weeks ago, and we were glad to see him.

David, we never got into the war until we came to Yorktown. The Yankees are in shot of us on land and water every day and night. They throw bombs and balls at us, some of them weighing 120 lbs. They fall into our camp, but have not killed any that I know of.

The 26th Regiment lay under heavy bombardment for five hours, and the next day the right wing took two or three rounds with their muskets at the Yankees. Don't know the result. It was across a creek and we could not cross to see what was done. We are on the right wing. I have command of the 2nd Division, that is, our place or letter, is changed to "D". We have new field officers. Colonel O'Neal, from Florence, Alabama, is our Commander.

Our boys all stand it very well and are anxious for the fight to come off, and, David, it will be the bloodiest fight that has been in the Confederate States. We are well fortified, and have large forces on both sides. We have something like two or three hundred pieces of artillery planted here on this peninsular - all hands busy at work for the affair.

David Ballenger, you wrote me something about your money. You can draw it in Richmond, and you will be furnished with Pay Rolls there, and then go to the Adjt. Generals Office, and be identified and get a check on the Bank, and they will pay you off. If you had your Commission, you could draw wherever you could find a Pay-Master. No difficulty in drawing at Richmond, for we Officers all draw our money, when we were there.

Robert and I paid John L. White that money you owed him, and he has it in his pocket now. I will close, as Robert wants to write you a few lines. These times leave me tolerably well. I will write you a Certificate on the other side. You can get transportation from any Quartermaster by showing your Certificate, and sick furlough.

Yours in the best of love and friendship,
Captain I. H. Sanders

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