I have to admit, we lost. The worst thing I could say but I had to, we lost. The Damn Rebs beat us. Roughly 1,600 of our men died and 9,750 were severely wounded. I was also told that about 6,000 of our men were missing or the Rebs had them. That number was only a small bit of our 93,000 army, but in our hearts it affected us all very deeply. I lost my friend Dave very quickly in the battle, but my friend Jack and I were both healthy. The results of our defeat is that we did not conquer the Secesh’s capital, Richmond, and also our leader Major Hooker was severely concussed.
I saw almost all the major events, Stonewall Jackson getting shot, Major Hooker getting concussed, Howards troops getting sneak attacked on and the death of many, many troops. I have sent letters back home telling my parents I am still alive and healthy. I feel that the war has affected so many lives and so many families. The only reason I think the battle should go on is that everyone is fighting for a cause that they think is important enough for. Major General Hooker said, “My plans are perfect. May God have mercy on General Lee for I will have none.” For us, the Union, fought this war with this quote as our inspiration. I felt that Major Hooker was a very good captain and a great leader but the problem was that Robert E. Lee had a very good strategy planned with Stonewall Jackson that was almost unbeatable. Well, I’m off to go back home for my little break before I go back out to war.