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    [Battle of Chancellorsville]. Henry V. Peck Autograph Letter Signed. Seven pages, 7.75" x 9.75", Brooks Station [Virginia], May 9, 1863. Writing home to his father three days after the Union loss at Chancellorsville, Corporal Henry Peck, 17th Connecticut Infantry, describes the movements of the different regiments days before the engagement before launching into his recount of the bloody battle. After many days of marching, his regiment is ordered "...out to dig rifle pits for we expected an attacked [sic] the next day...You could hear the Rebels moving there [sic] cannons at 4 Oclock..."

    "There [sic] fireing [sic] commenced on our extreme left," he writes, "Gen Dan Sickles with two brigades went out and captured one Georgia Regmt. that night." A few days later, the Rebels attacked more ferociously: "...they came in...with a most terrific fire of bullets and shells. God knows how I ever came out alive for the trees was riddled with bullets we fired three rounds then retreated across an open field...A shell bursted close by me taking off my hat without injuring me but killing my right hand man. The Regmt was drawn up in a line of battle But the enemy was to [sic] strong...the Brigade fell back...the Rebels drove us one mile...Our Regmt lost 120 men..." Also included is a two page, 5" x 3.75" note telling his family not to worry as he will care for himself.

    Corporal Peck was promoted to sergeant in November 1863 and continued to fight for his country until being mustered out of service July 19, 1865. Page five through seven are found on a small sheet of paper, measuring 5" x 8".The letter is unevenly toned and folded. The text is very faint in parts making it difficult, but still possible, to read. With the original transmittal envelope.

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