Tuesday, 8 Apr. 1862
Camp on the battle field near
Pittsburg, Tenn.

Dear Mr. Ward:

Yesterday & the
day before was fought
the Waterloo of this hemisphere
We were victorious and the
rebellion has "gone up".
We had about 75,000 men
the enemy are rated at
from 100,000 at the lowest
to 166,000 at the highest
on Sunday they had 155 regts.
representing 110000 fighting men,
In afternoon they rcvd addition
of 16000 and on Monday at
about 11 oclk a.m. 30,000 more

under Van Dorn from Arkan-
sas. Their loss has been
terrific; 30,000 killed &
wounded by their own esti-
mate. Our loss is estimated
by HdQrs at 10,000.
The battle field in the day
of battle is awfully exciting:
afterwards terribly disgusting.
I was not scared but I
did dodge; and one of my
dodges saved my head from
knocking down a cannon

The enemy are terribly
whipped; Gen. Sidney Johnson
lies dead at these HdQrs. I
closed his eyes.

Gen. Ruggles also dead,
Gen. Johnson the provision-
al govr. of Ky. also is a
prisoner fatally wounded, 'tis
said. Gen. Bragg also a
prisoner. He was found
today utterly disheartened
gave himself up.

Mr. Graves lost
the skirt of his coat.
Just the most miraculous
Escape possible. The ball
(cannon) took off the head
of one man struck the
croup of Mr. Graves saddle
which turned it off a little
& the plowed thro' the ranks

of our men takeing
off the legs of a man.

Please telegraph
to Father that I am quite
safe, not even scratched.
I have slept out on the
ground two nights & in a
heavy rain.

With much esteem
Yours truly
Horace N. Fisher


P.S. I was in the thickest
of the fight and have good
reason to thank my stars
at my lucky escape.
We have 5000 prisoners. H.N.F