Katie Gore - Photograph by N. Brown, ca. 1860
On April 12, 1862, Abijah Fisk Gore, a Union soldier, sent a letter to his sister Katie describing the Battle of Shiloh.
The Missouri History Museum’s Archives contain a letter from Abijah Fisk Gore, a lieutenant in the 2nd Iowa Infantry, to his sister Katie, a teacher in Webster Groves, MO. Written from Shiloh on April 12, 1862, it describes the battle in detail as well as Gore’s weariness with the war.
The numbers of men killed, wounded, or missing for both sides reached an astounding 23,746. Gore wrote, “Oh Katie it is fearful to walk over such a battle field, even after the human bodies are removed, and with them remaining it’s awful. Language is inadequate to express my feelings upon the occasion, and I could not help but wonder, why God would permit such things to be, upon this beautiful Earth of his….” Gore continued, in words that resound in any age, during any war: “I am heartily sick of war and battle and I look forward to the time with longing when peace will once more be restored to all of the American People so I pray that it will not be long before these things will be amicably adjusted.”