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Letter from a Union Soldier
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Link to Original Document (41 KB)They are protected by rifle pits and holes dug in the ground undercover of the night. This line extends the whole length of the enemies lines and at an average of about 300 yards. It comes our turn to go on duty every fourth day.

The skirmishers keep up a continual snapping or firing which sounds to us like a large number of men out chopping wood. We have become so accustomed to the sound of firearms that they don't sound near as loud as they used to. A 12 pounder makes but little louder noise, or attracts hardly as much attention, as the report of my old shotgun would do at home.

In skirmishing we stay out one day and night - generally have one man killed, and one or two wounded, every time we go out in the whole regiment. Our men are digging rifle pits, building redoubts, and by these means approaching, by degrees closer and closer, the enemy. They try to keep us from working by keeping their Sharpshooters on the look out for our diggers, but do no harm. I was within 70 yards of one of their forts yesterday, in a pit which we are digging, yet was perfectly safe from their bullets, which passed harmless over my head.

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