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Richmond Va.
June 30th /62

Dear Sister
I have again got in a condition so that I can write you another
letter; but for the last two weeks I have been unable to write, though I
have had every opitunity that was nessary; but I have been too sick and
feeble to set-up out of the bed two minutes at a time until now, and it is
with a greatdeal of fatigue that I can do so now.
I have had a spell of pneumonia and bronchitis, that has weakened
me so that I am not able to walk more than fifty yards now at one time.
Our armies have been fighting for the four days and will probily
continue to day provided Gen. Mcclellan dose not surrender his whole army.
Gens Jackson and Longstreet divissions are in the rear of
McClellan's army and Gen. Hill on his right; while several other divissions
are in front and allmost around him. We have lost about 2500 killed and it
is supposed that the enimy loss is 20,000 killed wounded and taken
prisoners; five thousand of that ammount being prisoners. This is the
statement of this mornings papers.
Brother Lemuel was wound in the fore head by a piece of shell. It
cut a gash in his skin about the size of a quarter of a dollar. It stuned
him so that he fell to his knees and sickened him so that he had to leave
the field. He is here now but he is well of his wound except the sore.
Rush was shot through the right leg; about 4 in. below the knee and
one bone of the leg is broken; but I do not know which one it is. The ball
skelped his left leg and entered about the center of his right leg. He is
also here in town at the 3rd Ala Hospital; and brother Lemuel is there with
him now. Rush is in fine spirits and y (?) doing .quite well. The sergean
think his leg can be saved.
If I do not get entirely well of my spell of sickness I will try
to get a discharge and bring Rush home; but it is a bad chance to get
discharges; I have been entitled to a discharge ever since I have been in
the servie; for I have not been able for duty yet. That is that I could
not have stood the marches and guard duty that would have been put on me if
I had been in the ranks.
I have rode a mule and driving a cart in all the retreat-and I have
had a fever or chill about every five days and the diarrhea ever since I
left Tuscumbie Ala.
Lt. David Reed of Marion is wounded (I think) in the arm.
Rube Stewart is wounded in the hip. Lt. A. A. Walden is wounded in
the side with a peice of shell but not penetrated at all; he is quite
lively. Lt. Walden says that Rube Stewart's wound is only a flesh would.
I have heard that our regiment the 26th Ala was badly cut up; but
that is all I know about it. Rush is in the 11th Ala Regt. He was
exchanged for Lowery.
Lt. Col. Hale was wounded in two places in the arm and in the leg.
Austin White and Tom Hollingsworth were killed dead on the field.
No one knows who is killed or wounded in the 11th Ala or the 26th
for we only know by those that have come in; and they were wounded early in
the action: they both sustained heavy loss there is no doubt.
I would like to hear from some one of you for I have not received a
letter since I left. I want to know about the thread and I want to know
how your wheat crop came out; for the recruits said that there would not be
100 Bu made in Fayette. Terill Reace said they would make about one fourth
of a crop. I would would like to know where W. T. Musgrove and J. W.
Musgrove, are for it is reported that Col. Blunts Batalion was disbaned and
put in other Regtiments.

Your brother,

E. N. Harris

[Edward Harris was discharged due to illness and sent home to Fayette where
he died of consumption (tuberculosis). Lemuel Harris died in battle at
Petersburg, Va. in 1864. Benjamin Franklin Rush Harris, again wounded in
battle was discharged and sent home and died of wounds in 1865.]


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