Letter from Adams, Charles Milton

Soldier: Adams, Charles Milton
Allegiance: Union
Unit/Service Branch: 13th Artillery
Home State: Ohio
Date Written: Saturday, April 19th, 1862
Location: Near Pittsburg Landing
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Comrades, Eastern Theater, Family, Suffering
[letter directed to Mr. J.C. Johnson]

Poor Fred lost his life on that bloody field of Pitsburg Landing while gallantly leading his men. He was shot on Sunday the 6th, but lived just 24 hours longer, just long enough to learn that our men had beaten back the enemy...He died on Monday the 7th between 12 and 1 o'clock. His body was brought home by his brother John [who] was a private in the same Regt. & he was buried here last Sunday. Poor Fred has left many friends behind. The Regt. to which he belonged the 31st Ind. had 21 killed, 103 wounded & 4 missing. Total 128 out of about 450 men of the Regt. were thus disabled in this battle thus showing pretty hard fighting. The Co., Co. A of which Fred was first Capt. [U.S. military records give his rank as Major] went into battle with 40 to 50 men. Of these 3 were killed, 10 were wounded & 1 missing. I shall start now immediately for the field of battle to bring home his horse and other effects. Yours, Godfrey Arn