"Battlefield Gettysburg Penn.
July 4th 1863
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
Sgt. John Winn Moseley of the 4th Alabama died not long afterward.
The letter is in the collection of the Library of Virginia.