91st Pennsylvania Infantry letter /Battle of Five Forks, VA
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Two letters written by Bvt. Brigadier General Edgar Mantlebert Gregory (Colonel 91st Pennsylvania Infantry, later Brevet Major General for gallant conduct in the battle of Five Forks, Virginia) to his daughter. Great Union General's battle content letters.

1. 2pages, 4to., Camp in the field (near Five Forks, VA) written as commander of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps concerning their triumph following the Battle of Five Forks:

"My precious daughter. I write to let you know I am safe by the mercy of God. We have had hard fighting today, took a battery, whipped the Rebels badly. It was a hard contest. 5th Corps only in the fight and Sheridan's Cavalry. It is a glorious victory. Our loss is not many. This the 5th day fighting & now I write by the fire. I feel thankful to God for his mercy to me to our army and our glorious cause. Thanks to God victory. Love to Ma and Harry all. Affectionally your father E.M.Gregory." He continues on the verso.: "My brigade has done well, suffered less than many but suffered considerable. The groans of the wounded are sounding in my ears while I write. Firing front of Petersburg very heavy now. I think things are favoring us much. Griffin Commadg. Corps tonight Warren retired I am glad of it."

Written hurriedly in dark pencil. Some fold splits, reinforced. 

2. 1 page, 8vo., In the field, Hd Qr, In the saddle, Mar 3 1865 to his daughter describing the collapse of Lee's army following the battle of Five Forks:

"...I wrote the evening of the first but could not send last evening. Our battle in the 1st was a good hard one. Our losses not heavy. Yesterday had but little loss, trifling. We have taken many prisoners probably up to this time 8 or 9000. The enemy are flying before us. Everything favorable. It seems to me God of Heaven is with us... your father, E.M.Gregory."

Dark pencil, fine.


 

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91st Pennsylvania Infantry letter /Battle of Five Forks, VA

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