Pvt. Milton Robinson, Co. B, 8th Virginia Infantry, On the Battle

13 09 2016

Camp Pickens July 23 1861

Manassas Junction

Dear Mother:

Through the benevolence of a just and merciful God, I am spared to communicate to you this morning in brief the particulars of one of the most bloody battles ever fought upon the Continent of America; On last Sunday morning we were drawn up in a line of battle & ammunition distributed to the Company and as soon as that was done, we marched to the field of battle where we witnessed a conflict that the bloody pages of history does not furnish a parallel.

The first shot was fired by the enemy. But the gallant and brave sons of Virginia returned the fire immediately after the first shot & then we could not hear anything but bombs whishing during the day.

Our company was reserved to the last moment when three of the Regiments were cut to pieces, And exhausted, some running to the woods and branches, some with one leg, one arm, one eye and some with no legs, when we saw them was enough to discourage any one. But General Beauregard called on the 8th Virginia Regiment, and led them through grape and bombs and in the charge, General Beauregard had his horse shot from under him and all his staff killed. He dismounted and loaded the cannon himself and made a lane through them at every shot. They then retreated a mile off. Then the Loudoun Company charged on them. Welby Carter was in the battle & his men were cut all to pieces. Robert Fletcher had his arm shot badly, John deButts had two fingers shot off and several others I could not learn their names were wounded.

We have just received orders to hold ourselves in readiness to march at any moments warning. we know not where. Write soon and give me all the news at home.

Your affectionate son

Milton Robinson

The Years of Anguish: Fauquier County, Virginia, 1861-1865, collected and compiled for the Fauquier County Civil War Centennial Committee by Emily G. Ramey and John K. Gott.

Contributed and transcribed by T. J. Smith

Milton Robinson on Fold3.


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14 09 2016
Jens C. Falster

Interesting comments on Beauregard and the casualties among his staff. Also interesting is the brief description of the charge of the Loudoun Light Horse, Co. H. !st Va Cavalry and one of the two full companies Stuart had under his direct control in that portion of the fighting. The company commander Capt. Richard Welby Carter (24) seems to have been well known to the Robinson family and perhaps a relation, as also perhaps was Robinson’s own Capt Richard Henry Carter (44) of . the Piedmont Rifles, and which was raised in Faquier Country, neighboring Loudon County.

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14 09 2016
Harry Smeltzer

We’ve gone round and round on R. W. Carter here. Check out this post to get started, and be sure to check all comments and linked posts. https://bullrunnings.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/the-curious-case-of-richard-welby-carter/

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