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George Cowden letter, 1864 May 27

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We then took the B.&W. R.R. this place where we arrived yesterday evening after traveling seventy five hours. There was a bad accident on the Central Ohio near Bellaire the day we came over the road. There was two trains running in different directions and neither one knew that the other was on the road until they came so close that it was impossible for either to stop. There were near thirty soldiers wounded, some severely but none killed. Bellaire is on the Ohio River four miles below Wheeling. The country through which we passed coming down here is very rough and mountainous. We expect to draw our arms here today, and we will probably leave for our regt in a few days. Our Corps, (the 9th) has been permanently attached to the Army of the Potomac. Gen. Grant has been driving Lee, some lately, but Lee has now made another stand between the North and South Anna rivers where I expect there will be some more hard fighting. We are lying in the soldier's home, and cannot get out through the city. I intend to go through the Capitol before I leave the place, let it cost what it will. We have seventy five or eighty men now. Five deserted us since