To Mary Todd Lincoln

Mrs. A. Lincoln,                                               Washington, D.C.,
Fifth Avenue Hotel New York—                Sep. 24 1863

We now have a tolerably accurate summing up of the late battle between Rosecrans and Bragg. The result is that we are worsted, if at all, only in the fact that we, after the main fighting was over, yielded the ground, thus leaving considerable of our artillery and wounded to fall into the enemies’ hands, for which we got nothing in turn. We lost, in general officers, one killed, and three or four wounded, all Brigadiers; while according to rebel accounts, which we have, they lost six killed, and eight wounded. Of the killed, one Major Genl. and five Brigadiers, including your brother-in-law, Helm; and of the wounded, three Major Generals, and five Brigadiers. This list may be reduced two in number, by correction of confusion in names. At 11/40 A.M. yesterday Gen. Rosecrans telegraph[ed] from Chattanooga “We hold this point, and I can not be dislodged, except by very superior numbers, and after a great battle” A despatch leaving there after night yesterday says, “No fight to-day”

A. LINCOLN.

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