This letter was written by the parents of Charles Wilson.
Aug. 25, 1863
I received your letter of the 12th that brought us the sad news of the death of our son. It was hard news but it is the fortune of war. We have the pleasure of thinking that he died in a good cause, fighting for the flag of his country.
We thought a good deal of our son but we must give him up. You wrote that you had an allotment of twenty dollars that you would send me. Direct to Solomon Wilson, Attica, Green County, Wis.
This from your friend, — Solomon Wilson
to John Milton Bancroft, Lieutenant of Co. H 4th Mich.
You will see see by Mr. Wilson’s letter that he is a man of but few words. I feel as though that we were under a debt of gratitude to you and shall ever remain so. Now if it would not be asking too much of you, I would like to know the surgeon’s name that attended Charles in his dying hours. We have not ever had an opportunity of knowing or hearing what kind of a soldier he was and we feel anxious to hear something [of] how he bore the struggle of death, [and] if he had his senses or not. It is painful to think of one dying among strangers and no friend to speak one kind word to them. May it be your good luck to return to your home. May the God of Battle guard and protect you.
This from Charles Wilson’s mother, — H. Wilson, ever grateful