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Fitzhugh family papers: Wick West letter, 1863 June 6

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[pencil notation at top] Since writing this letter firing has commenced just below the city. We are under orders & ready to move. Fighting will no doubt soon begin. W.

Army Northern Virginia Garnett's Artillery Battalion Fredericksburg Va June 6th 1863

   Dear Mary - This is the third or fourth time that I have written you since I have recd a line from you. I don't know why it is I do not receive a letter from you. I feel certain, almost know, that you have written to me, but as yet no letter from you. Hope though I shall hear from you soon. Since I last wrote you I have been through another series of bloody engagements. Yes, in the recent battles of the Classic Rappahannock or as they are more familiarly known to the world, Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg, I was a participant. We whipped the 'Yanks' badly on all sides. drove him from every carefully selected and strongly fortified position to the opposite banks of the river under cover of their heavy guns where he is now reposing - as 'fighting Joe' informs the world in his Complimentary order to the greatest Army on the planet  - On thier [sic]  laurels. The enemys losses in these engagements were frightful. Thirty or forty thousand at least. The whole Country over which they passed is one vast grave yard.  

I wish you could see Fredericksburg and Surrounding country now - you would not think it the same place. Every thing wears the Aspect of War - its desolations. And horrors. Our loss in these engagements was about eight or nine thousand. A great portion of these very slightly wounded. The Surgeons of the Army say that in all the battles so many Very Slight wounds have not been known. Take Our Company for example - three were so Slightly wounded that they did not stay from the field but a very Short time. We had three very Severely wounded who are now in Richmond and