Description[Battle of Gettysburg]. John B. Bachelder Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages with integral blank, 5" x 8", New York, November 22, 1865. John Bachelder (1825-1894), the preeminent 19th century historian and cartographer of the Battle of Gettysburg, is writing to General Thomas H. Ruger regarding the actions of his division at the famous battle. He writes, in part: "I spent the month of October and a part of November at Gettysburg and with the most satisfactory results. I am unfortunate in not getting as full...information regarding your Division, as I should like. The fact of its having been sent so early to the southwest prevented me from visiting it as I did every regt remaining in the Army of the Potomac...I have just received a letter from Genl. A. G. Willliams in which he says he will send me a copy of his official report in a few days, but suggests that I write to you for yours as it will give more of the detail. In addition to this I should be very glad if you...give me a narrative account of your experence [sic]." He includes a short postscript, asking for names and addresses of Ruger's officers so he can write to them for information, which he signs with his initials. Folds, else fine.
Thomas H. Ruger (1833-1907), a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, reenlisted in the volunteer army with the outbreak of the Civil War where he saw action at the Battle of Antietam and led troops at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He remained in the regular army after the war and was breveted brigadier general for his actions at Gettysburg. He served as the military governor of Georgia and as head of the Department of the South during Reconstruction. He was superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy before being posted on the frontier, participating in the Crow War.
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