Washington [North Carolina] June 27th 1862.

Dr Sir

Your letter of the 12th came duly
to hand and according to your request I
have ascertained the following particulars of
your brother’s death, from Sergt Nichols of Co
H who was beside him when wounded. It was
about 2.45 PM when the action was half
over, that a bullet struck George in the
throat, inflicting a mortal wound, just as
he was rising to fire. He was immediately
lead to the rear and just before reaching the
hospital George motioned to them to lay him
down on some bushes by the roadside, but they
replied the surgeon was near and would attend
to him if he could hold out a few minutes
longer. He was laid on the floor in the
little building, and although Drs Curtis &
McGregor did everything in their power, he
passed away without pain in about fifteen

minutes after being struck, not having uttered
a word. The first I knew of it was after the
fight was over, when I saw him lying beside
the dead body of Sergt Litchfield of Co A. It
was a sad sight for me, as George had been
one of my best friends in the regiment, and
was beloved by all who knew him. Always
doing his duty without complaining, no
matter how arduous it was, he had thus
gained the esteem of his officers and fellow
soldiers.

The dead bodies, after being placed
in coffins, were all carried to Newbern,
escorted by men from the several Companies
and there interred in the burying ground, each
grave being properly marked, the name and
date of his death carved on a head board,
so that the remains can be removed at
some future time. It was the intention to
have sent all the bodies home, but the
hot weather prevented this. Rev Mr Mellen,
our Chaplin, conducted the funeral services

and as he is now at home in Gloucester, you
can probably obtain from him the full par-
ticulars of the ceremony.

In my letter to John I enclosed
several little articles which I took from Georges
pocket, and have since sent on by express
a small bundle containing his private effects,
this I have requested John to hand you
as soon as it arrives.

There is one consolation for his afflicted
family, George died like a brave man on the
battle field, doing his duty till the fatal bullet
cut short his life, and although carefully tended
by his comrades, tho' without avail till "his spirit
returned to Him who gave it". The Regiment
has lost the services of one of its best men, but
we must remember that he is now in a better
world. His memory will always be cherished
by those who had the pleasure of knowing him
as a true friend and a good soldier.

Yours truly
J M Lathrop