March 17, 1863 Daniel Boyd Fredericksburg

On March 17, 1863, Daniel Boyd wrote his father a letter from his camp in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The previous Christmas he had fought the Battle of Fredericksburg, taking his turn with Kershaw’s Brigade behind the stone fence on the Sunken Road. Now he was encamped along with the rest of the army during the brutal winter of 1863.

Daniel had been trying to obtain a furlough to go home. At one point he was next in line and someone objected, causing him to lose his opportunity. His anger in this letter is obvious and he speaks of intentions to get satisfaction from those he blames if he continues to be denied his furlough.

Boys of Diamond Hill

Boys of Diamond Hill

The Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal for History 2012.

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