My Dear Don,
Mr. B brot your letters yesterday which I have not had time to read or hear, but your mother tells me of the contents. The armies are all upon us with sick and wounded and all in confusion and trouble.
A great battle as we suppose pending at Sharpsburg with in reach of enemy’s (union army) shells if our lines (confederates) should fall back for one mile. All is terrible suspense. You will know the result long before this reaches you.
Charles W. Andrews
Trinity Church Shepherdstown
This letter was supposedly written around 5:30 a.m. on September 17th. Shepherdstown is four miles away from Antietam so he could easily have heard the gunshots and cannons.