[Note: this letter is badly damaged and survives only in fragments. DAP]
? Col Andrew Cowan Gettysburg...
Chief of Art. 6th Corps)
My dear Lieut.? Sickles,
no one has ever listen...
greater interest or sym...(sympathy?)...
your able + convincing...
-rative (narrative?) of the 3rd Corps...
writer. First + always...
6th Corps + its chief of artillery...
at the last. But I must question the accuracy of your statement in respect to the artillery fire of the 3rd day. I fought my battery at the corpse (sic) of trees with Webb's Phila. Brigade
....testify that when my
...came to "cease firing"!
...coupled with the order
...your fire for infantry."
...? was already seen
...? (forming?) for the assault +
...sation? (cessation?) of my fire did not
...ten minutes, morover (sic),
...Cushing, Arnold, and woodruff's Batteries on my right, if not indeed my own "Double Canister at ten yards," there might have been a different story to tell that day.
I am General?...
very truly yours
Please show this...
[different handwriting follows:]
Dear Genl Hunt,
If you know the ad...(address?)
of Col. Cowan, pray se...(send?)
it to me.
July 25th, '7?