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Good war-date Union soldier's battle letter, 1 1/2pp. large folio (cut from a section of a muster roll), written by Corp. John C. Barton, Co. C, 23rd Ohio Vols. (President Rutherford B. Hayes' command), Flat Top Mountain, [Western], Va., May 10, 1862, concerning the battle of Camp Creek, WV where a Union advance guard of Gen. Scammon's Brigade from Princeton, West Virginia was ambushed by 200 Confederate troopers. They where placed there to defend the main force and its supply depot at Princeton. Left to their own; the advance force fought bravely defeating the Rebels nearly six to one. The letter, reads, in part: "…I was an orphan without Brother or sister..[if] I had a little Duck [girl friend] here on the Sacred Soil of the Old Dominion…I am at Flat Top Mountain in Mercer County…our regiment is at Giles Court House…we have had quite a fight…on the 30th of April our Regt started from Shady Springs…Company C…was about 18 miles in advance…Co. C had scouted ahead about 30 miles and had returned within five miles of camp…the next morning at daylight the company…were surrounded and attacked by 350 Secesh. After fighting upwards of 2 hours the enemy retreated …company of surgeons arrived just as the enemy had got out…our loss is 23 killed and wounded…the enemy is 59 killed & wounded. The Regt has gone on…the Asst. Surgeon and myself are here in charge of the wounded…have several of the wounded Secesh under our charge…we will move onto the Regt in…ten days…Jack C. Barton, Hospital of 23 Regt., Princeton, Va." Usual soiling, else VG
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Battle of Camp Creek, (West) Virginia With The 23rd Ohio Vols

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