The following letter was written on May 18, 1863, to my great-grandmother, informing her of the death of her husband, my great-grandfather, Capt. William Carbee. Carbee was killed in the Civil War battle at Champion Hill, Mississippi, on May 16, 1863.
Edwards Station, Mississippi
It becomes my painful duty to inform you that on the 16th, our worthy Captain and your beloved husband fell on the Bloody field of battle while nobly and bravely leading his gallant Company in one of the most desperate charges (on a Battery of five guns) which had been made during the War.
He was struck by a ball in the Right breast, which killed him instantly. I was by his Side when he fell. Our, as well as your, loss is irreparable. His Kindness and affection and Promptness in the discharge of his duty not only won for him the admiration and esteem of his own company, But of the whole Regiment.
When we get possession of Vicksburg, if the authorities will permit, I will have him taken up and sent home, as it was his request, and doubtless it will be a great source of comfort to you. I will write to John Carbee as soon as we stop.
A.R. Knott, 1st Lieutenant
Cedar Rapids, Iowa