Fitzhugh family papers: Wick West letter, 1863 June 6
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doing well. We lost one killed. I would give you a detailed account of the fights, but I am sure that you have already seen and read as much or more of the battles, And certainly better accounts than I, who was an eye witness and participant know or could write you. I enclosed to Monnie thro. you and desired you to open letter, An account of the struggles taken from the Enquirer that I thought very reliable as well as interesting. I hope you opened the letter as I desired on the envelope you should do and read and enjoyed these accounts. We lost in these engagements some bright stars - One particularly 'Stonewall Jackson'. Though lost to us his Name and Spirit still lives. He was wounded by our own men in Sunday nights engagement and died the following Sunday eve. at 3. o'clk P. M. The comdr. of the Stonewall Brigade - Gen Paxton - was also killed. These are the only Genls. we have to mourn the loss of. Such universal and profound grief as is felt for 'Jackson' was never felt for any one man before I expect, unless it was Washington Mary I have no news to tell you. All is quiet along the Rappahannock. Vicksburg is holding out nobly Our latest advices from there are glorious. Grants Army are being Slaughtered like Sheep. His defeat - for he will be defeated Sure - I expect will even eclipse Burnside's or Hooker's. I had a letter from Chas a few days ago - he is now with this Army under Gen Stuart. He is well and hearty and in fine spirits and is at present at Culpeper C. H. [Court House] Have heard from Father also lately and thro. him Monnie & the children. The enclose[d] you will please forward to Monnie per some reliable source. I have not had a letter from her since the one you enclosed me from her written to yourself. Much love to cousins Catharine, Kate and Bet and rest of family. Very truly & devotedly your cousin W. M. West