Charles Aleshire to Margaret Shepard Aleshire, 1 October 1863
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friend of mine, A.D.C. to Gen
Whittaker, would not let his or-
derly leave him, told him he
knew he would be killed
and, sure enough he was kil-
led, while attempting to dodge
a bullit, he was a brave fellow.
I miss him much, he was
to me something like Hibard
used to be.
You may think my theory
poor, but bullets cannot be
dodged, you never hear it whiz
untill after it has passed you.
Shell may be dodged but sel-
dom, and when you dodge them
effectively, you must be watching
the Enemys Battery from wherever
they come. I never try to dodge
any thing neither grape, canister
shell or bullets, and if I should
fall it will not be ^when^ dodging.
I still cling to the old doctrine
“My days are numbered,” and I
do not think I can escape death
when it is to come, neither by dodg-
ing or remaining off of the battle
field. I believe I will live just
so long let me be where
I will, I believe as I said be-
fore I will live to return home.
I know your prayers in my be-
half are many, and earnest

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