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    General Gregory
    reports on the Battle of Five Forks

    Brigadier General Edgar M. Gregory War-Dated Letters (2) as Commander of the 2nd Brigade.

    A great war-date Union general's battle letter, 2 pages, 7.75" x 9.75". "Camp in the field, [near Five Forks, Virginia], April 1, 1865." Written as commander of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps, concerning their epic triumph following the Battle of Five Forks. In part: "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 [is] the 5th day fighting...I feel thankful to God for his mercy to me, to our army and our glorious cause...affectionately 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...Griffin Commdg. Corps tonight Warren retired I am glad of it." Hurriedly written in pencil.

    Together with a second letter written two days later. One page of a bifolium, 5" x 8"; "In the field, Hd. Qrs. in the saddle, [near Petersburg, Virginia], Mar/ 3, 1865 [but really April 3, 1865]". Another letter to his daughter describing the collapse of Lee's army following the battle of Five Forks. In part: "...I wrote the evening of the first...our Battle on 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 the God of Heaven is with us...your father, E. M. Gregory."

    Condition: Both letters are written in pencil. April 3, 1865 has flattened folds and scattered foxing at top. April 1 letter has a few clean tears that have been repaired with archival tape. Pencil writing on verso has smudged a bit, with soiling at folds.


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