1862: Burleigh K. Jones takes a break from letter writing to observe dinnertime; then he continues with some ghastly details from the Fair Oaks battlefield:
SOURCE: Civil War Letters of Burleigh K. Jones @ Hopkinton Historical Society
- A glimpse behind the lines @ Fair Oaks (LOC.GOV):
- We are of course greatly indebted to John D. Billings for his excellent book, Hard Tack and Coffee: Soldier’s Life in the Civil War, which features a fascinating chapter about horse burial techniques, graced by the delicate linework of Charles W. Reed:
I see from Reed’s sketches that I have neglected to include large swirling clouds of carrion birds in the relevant panels.
13 June 1862