Thanks to Barry Paschal for sharing with us the Benjamin Prather letter in his column in the Nov. 24 News-Times.
I have no doubt the letter was discovered in North Carolina, but Crampton's Gap and Burkittsville are in Maryland, not North Carolina. (It's not likely that Abraham Lincoln would have been able to visit a hospital in North Carolina in 1862.)
Crampton's Gap was a precursor to the bloodier Battle of Antietam, fought three days later.
Prather wasn't the only local fatality at Crampton's Gap. Pvt. George D. Bruckner, nephew of Henry D. Leitner of Leitner's Mill in Pinetucky; Pvt. Francis "Frank" Huffman of Pinetucky; and Pvt. J.E. (or J.R.) Wiley of Columbia County were all killed or died of wounds received at the battle. The latter three are memorialized on the Linwood Sunday School Confederate Monument at Fort Gordon.
Russell K. Brown
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