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Letter, Hilton Head, South Carolina, to "Dear Father."

Author: William L McArthur
Publisher: 1863 July 20.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Letter, 20 July 1863, written by William L. McArthur from the office of the Provost Marshall, Hilton Head (Beaufort County, S.C.) details casualties sustained in the battle of Morris Island, S.C., and acknowledges reports of friendly fire, "You will hear all about it in the papers," McArthur writes, and "that our loss was a thousand. The men fought splendidly. The mistake was in a night attack. In the confusion our
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: William L McArthur; Robert Gould Shaw; Haldimand Sumner Putnam; Haldimand Sumner Putnam; Robert Gould Shaw
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William L McArthur
OCLC Number: 313373983
Notes: Filed as: Manuscripts Misc. (McArthur, William L.).
Description: 1 item.
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Letter, 20 July 1863, written by William L. McArthur from the office of the Provost Marshall, Hilton Head (Beaufort County, S.C.) details casualties sustained in the battle of Morris Island, S.C., and acknowledges reports of friendly fire, "You will hear all about it in the papers," McArthur writes, and "that our loss was a thousand. The men fought splendidly. The mistake was in a night attack. In the confusion our regiment fought each other at the Fort (I have heard) but this you will not speak of."

"The Maine 9th lost heavily," he goes on to say, and further notes losses among that regiment's officers. "Our troops are not dispirited but will yet have Charleston," McArthur asserts. He also mentions the fate of Col. Haldimand Sumner Putnam, of the 7th New Hampshire Infantry, and Col. Robert Gould Shaw, of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, both of whom lost their lives at Morris Island.

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