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Corinth, Mississippi October 12, 1862 My Darling Wife, Let us return thanks to our God, my dear wife, that I am again able to write you and in my good health only nearly worn out by the last twelve days labor. I've been in the hottest of one more terrible battle and still I am unharmed, both my horses were wounded and I escaped with only a graze of a bullet a cross my left hand just across the fleshy part back of my little finger. Yes, my Darling I said my prayers before I went into battle, placed myself in the keeping and protection of our God and he has preserved me. Let us be thankful for it. Twelve hard days of incessant toil and fatigue, some nights no sleep and few hours about the most any night. I declare I feel worn and jaded and so are my brave boys. Some of my bravest officers I've lost and best men. Out of my color guard that volunteered that morning, seven in number, making eight with the color sergeant, only one is left unharmed. But thank God they did not get the flag. It's pierced and bloody and bears many honorable marks. When I formed my corps of officers and men, I cried like a child. I could not control myself. They used my regiment shamefully [and] allowed them to be flanked on both sides and all the time my orders were to hold my point at all hazards. I had no idea at one time that any of us would ever come out alive. Today is Sunday or rather this is Sunday Evening and it's one week ago this morning that at 2 o'clock AM we were ordered out in pursuit of the enemy and I have just got back and sit down and the first thing is to write to you my darling. I left word with Henry to telegraph you I was safe out of the battle. I have, since I returned, received three or four of your letters. I want you to write often. I am sorry indeed that your face does not get well any faster. I was really in hopes your face would get well soon for I know you did not want to be bothered with such a face when you were sick. But Doctor Barber is to remain there and I feel you are as safe in his hands as any one I know of. As soon as I've time I will write you a detailed account of our last twelve days campaign. Remember my love to all and may God in his infinite mercy be your solace and comfort, is the daily prayer of your husband. Henry is well and they have got things running a little. Believe me your loving and affectionate Husband J Hancock
Letter from John Hancock to Jennie Reardon Hancock. -THE CIVIL WAR -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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