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    Tuesday, 8 Apr. 1862
    Camp on the battle field near
    Pittsburg, Tenn.

    Dear Mr. Ward:

    Yesterday & the
    day before was fought
    the Waterloo of this hemisphere
    We were victorious and the
    rebellion has "gone up".
    We had about 75,000 men
    the enemy are rated at
    from 100,000 at the lowest
    to 166,000 at the highest
    on Sunday they had 155 regts.
    representing 110000 fighting men,
    In afternoon they rcvd addition
    of 16000 and on Monday at
    about 11 oclk a.m. 30,000 more

    under Van Dorn from Arkan-
    sas. Their loss has been
    terrific; 30,000 killed &
    wounded by their own esti-
    mate. Our loss is estimated
    by HdQrs at 10,000.
    The battle field in the day
    of battle is awfully exciting:
    afterwards terribly disgusting.
    I was not scared but I
    did dodge; and one of my
    dodges saved my head from
    knocking down a cannon
    ball.

    The enemy are terribly
    whipped; Gen. Sidney Johnson
    lies dead at these HdQrs. I
    closed his eyes.

    Gen. Ruggles also dead,
    Gen. Johnson the provision-
    al govr. of Ky. also is a
    prisoner fatally wounded, 'tis
    said. Gen. Bragg also a
    prisoner. He was found
    today utterly disheartened
    gave himself up.

    Mr. Graves lost
    the skirt of his coat.
    Just the most miraculous
    Escape possible. The ball
    (cannon) took off the head
    of one man struck the
    croup of Mr. Graves saddle
    which turned it off a little
    & the plowed thro' the ranks

    of our men takeing
    off the legs of a man.

    Please telegraph
    to Father that I am quite
    safe, not even scratched.
    I have slept out on the
    ground two nights & in a
    heavy rain.

    With much esteem
    Yours truly
    Horace N. Fisher

    [Postscript]

    P.S. I was in the thickest
    of the fight and have good
    reason to thank my stars
    at my lucky escape.
    We have 5000 prisoners. H.N.F