I am writing to you from a terrible war zone. The confederacy is in really bad shape from our battle at Gettysburg. The officers are doubting our chance at winning this war due to all the blows we took in the first and second day. The union used their population against us, we have few men left, they do too but more than us. We thought the battle was going to be better because of our recent wins but Gettysburg definitely cought us by surprise. Our expectation wasn't to get into battle leading into Gettysburg.