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Beem Letter, October 1861

By 1837-1923 David Enoch Beem

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Letter from David Beem to his wife Hala (Mahala Joslin) relating the details of a recent battle. Beem's company marched to a secession camp about 14 miles from Cheat Mountain. The fighting was intense with 14 cannons aimed at the rebels. Beem's company was involved in a skirmish with a group of rebels and he helped to take seven rebels prisoner. Beem mentions that a soldier named Myers was killed by a cannon ball and that he has written an account of the soldier's death for the O.C. Journal. Ammunition eventually ran out and the Union soldiers returned to their camp. In all, 13 men were killed and 11 wounded from the Union army; several hundred men were killed and 13 taken prisoner from the Confederate army. Beem says that he is not afraid despite the danger of fighting and reassures Hala that he is safe

Topics: United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence; Soldiers--Correspondence; United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 14th (1861-1864); Cannons; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Casualties; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons; Cheat Mountain (W. Va.)
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1861
OAI identifier: oai:images.indianahistory.org:dc008/143
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