Letter from Welch, Spencer Glasglow

Soldier: Welch, Spencer Glasglow
Allegiance: Confederate
Unit/Service Branch: 13th Infantry
Home State: South Carolina
Date Written: Sunday, October 2nd, 1864
Location: Near Petersburg, Va.
Correspondence Type: Letter
Subjects: Commanders, Comrades, Eastern Theater, Enemy, On the March, Politics, Warfare

Last Thursday afternoon we received orders
to be in readiness to move to the north side of
the James River, and at about nine o'clock that
night we started. We traveled until about two
hours before day, and were nearly to Drury's
Bluff when we were ordered back because the
Yankees were making a demonstration on our
right. That afternoon (Friday) our brigade
and Lane's North Carolina had a considerable
fight on the right. We drove them nearly two
miles to their breastworks. It was a nice victory
for us and our loss was small. The Fifteenth
Regiment lost eight killed on the field
and had about twenty wounded. I have never
before known so large a proportion to be killed.
Spencer Caldwell was killed. Colonel Bookter
of the Twelfth Regiment and three officers of
the Thirteenth were killed none that you
know. Billie was in it, but was not hurt. His
company had one killed and but one wounded.
Lang Ruff's boys were both in it, but were not
hurt. I saw them all this morning and everybody
was in fine spirits.

Our cavalry had a fight yesterday afternoon
on the extreme right, and it is reported that
General Dunnovant was killed. We are expecting
the Yankees to attack us again. Grant
is evidently doing his best for Lincoln's election.
He must have been heavily reinforced. I hope
to hear good news from Forrest. If Sherman
is forced away from Atlanta and we can hold
Richmond this winter, I believe we shall have

We need ten or fifteen thousand more men
here, and we could easily get them if the able-
bodied exempts would come on here, but they
seem to have become hardened to their disgrace.
If the South is ever overcome, the contemptible
shirkers will be responsible for it. They should
have seen our poor fellows Thursday night coming
in wounded and bleeding and shivering with
cold; but these very men who suffer and have
often suffered in this way are the last ones to
say surrender.

I received your letter on Thursday, but have
not been able to answer it until now. The
weather is beautiful this afternoon, but it has
been wet and was very disagreeable the day we
had the fight.