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    Doubleday's Report of the Battle of Gettysburg Contemporaneous Manuscript Signed on cover page: "Property of/J. Wm Hofmann/Col. 56th Regt/Pa.Vols.", 29p, 8" x 12.5". Headed on cover page: "Battle of Gettysburg,/Penna/Report of the operations of the 1st Corps of the Army of the Potomac from June 28th 1863 to July 7th 1863. including the Battle of Gettysburg Pennsylvania." The original of this report was given by Abner Doubleday, Major General Volunteers, Commander of the 1st Corps, to Brigadier General Seth Williams, Assistant Adjutant General, Head Quarters Army of the Potomac. Colonel J. William Hofmann was in the Second Brigade (commanded by Brig. Gen. Lysander Cutler) of the First Division (commanded by Brig. Gen. James S. Wadsworth) of the First Army Corps. In some accounts, Hofmann is credited with firing the first shots of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, into the 2nd Mississippi and 55th North Carolina infantry units. In this manuscript copy, all proper names are underlined in red pencil. In part: "On the eventful morning of the 1st of July between 7 & 8 o.clock, General Reynolds sent for me for the purpose of explaining the telegrams received by him in relation to the movement of the Rebels and the latest position of our troops. His information showed that the enemy were reported in force at Cashtown and Mummasburg and that our Cavalry were skirmishing with them on the roads leading from Gettysburg to those places. He told us he had already given orders to Wadsworth's Division with Hall's Battery to move forward, and that he would accompany these troops in person...The sound of rapid cannon firing convinced me that a brisk Cavalry engagement was going on...." Tied together at top with a pink ribbon. The cover page is tattered at edges with a tape repair at a fold on its blank verso. The first sheet is also a bit tattered at the bottom edge and the last page is tattered at the left and right edges with a 2.5 inch tear in a blank area, but the other pages are in fine condition. A remarkable account of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    February, 2006
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