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Collection Reference Number GLC03603.144
From Archive Folder Collection of Charles M. Coit, field and staff, 8th regiment, Connecticut, infantry 
Title Charles Coit to his family, describing the Battle of Antietam
Date 18-19 September 1862
Author Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description He starts "Praised to God I am entirely free from even a scratch after the terrible + bloody battle of yesterday." Describes the Battle of Antietam and says that Lieutenant Eaton and Lieutenant Shepard were both wounded. Believes the regiment acted "beyond all praise." Describes the way the men under his command asked permission to break ranks after being wounded. Discusses the injuries and deaths of others and says he believes that their Regiment was beaten because they did not have proper support. Estimates that only half of the 8th Regiment left the battle without being wounded or dying.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Infantry  Union Soldier's Letter  Soldier's Letter  Religion  Battle  Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg)  Confederate States of America  Bravery  Injury or Wound  Death  
People Coit, Charles M. (1838-1878)  
Place written Sharpsburg, Maryland
Theme The American Civil War; Health & Medicine; Religion
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information The Battle of Antietam, fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg Maryland, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Northern soil. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with about 23,000 casualties.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
Civil War: Theater of War Main Eastern Theater  
Civil War: Unit 8th Regiment, Connecticut, infantry