Joseph Warren Keifer Battle of Locust Grove Autograph Letter Signed. One page, penned on recto and verso of blue stationery, 7.75" x 9.75", "Camp Brandy Station, VA, Dec 29/63." Immediately following his participation at the Battle of Locust Grove, during Meade's operations in Northern Virginia, Colonel Keifer penned this sobering letter to his cousin, Rev. Milton J. Miller, who would later serve as the chaplain for Keifer's 110th Ohio Infantry.

    His letter reads, in part: "The battle of Locust Grove (Novr 27/63) was a very severe infantry fight so far as my command was concerned. We fought the best troops of the Rebel Army and successfully... At times the bullets fell in sheets in our midst & for a period of over four hours the fire abated but little. I was with my command under the fire during the entire time. While my cavalry orderlies were shot at my side & many others fell to use no more around me, I was preserved unhurt. We punished the rebels triple fold. Their dead and wounded mostly fell into our hands."

    Keifer goes on to describe the terrible aftermath of the battle: "A man is groaning in the last agonies of death... On the night of the 27th while we administered to the wounded of our own army, but a few yards distant could be heard distinctly the last agonies of the dying rebels. Many prayers were going up from the deluded rebels. They were left by their comrades without attention and care." Faintly age toned and in fine condition.

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