Transcription: "Battlefield Gettysburg Penn. July 4th 1863 Dear Mother I am here a prisoner of war & mortally wounded I can live but a few hours more at farthest I was shot fifty-yards of the enemy's line. They have been extremely kind to me -- I have no doubt about the final result of this battle and I hope I may live long enough to hear the shout of victory, before I die I am very weak--Do not grieve my loss--I had hoped to have been spared but a righteous God has ordered otherwise + I feel prepared to trust my case in his hands--Farewell to you all--pray that God will receive my soul Your unfortunate Son John" Sgt. John Winn Moseley of the 4th Alabama died not long afterward. The letter is in the collection of the Library of Virginia.