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Letter Describing Florida Brigade's Retreat from Gettysburg, 1863

From: Bryan, Council A., Papers, 1862-1902, Collection M87-35

Letter Describing Florida Brigade's Retreat from Gettysburg, 1863

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[with] this State of affairs - I would not give one of my Brave boys for the Souls of all the Pennsylvania Dutch

- The Yankees told the women that our soldiers would Subject them to every indignity - some were badly frightened, but the majority waited "to see the fun." one begged one of the boys not to "harm" her, he told her he would cut his throat before he would insult a woman she kept on & eventually begged if he staid all night not to "Trouble" her - he told [her] he had no idea of staying all night still less of troubling her & to prove it he left - I think