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    "The Battle of Drewry's Bluff
    was a disaster to us"

    General Quincy Adams Gillmore: Two War-Date Autograph Letters Signed [ALSs].
    1) Q5" x 8" bifolium letter, 4pp., Folly Island, South Carolina, December 14, 1863, signed "Q. A. Gillmore", written to Army Chief of Staff G. W. Cullum in Washington. An interesting letter covering a wide range of subjects, including the unlikely prospect of ironclads turning the tide in the ongoing attempt to capture Charleston, the need to subdue and occupy Florida, the "capture of Savannah by surprising the enemy's batteries on St. Augustine Creek (if done at once " and the raising of colored regiments. "I desire to consolidate certain fragments of colored regiments in the 3rd S.C., 4 S.C., 5 S.C... I want to put them all into one regiment under Littlefield, & call it a U. S. Colored Regt. with an appropriate number... Have me released from waiting at this place & I will not disappoint you. I desire to work elsewhere in my Department." 2) 8" x 10" bifolium letter on "Headquarters, 10th Army Corps" stationery, Near Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, May 30, 1864, signed "Q. A. Gillmore", written to Major General Halleck in Washington. Marked "Private", Gillmore gives vent to his frustration to past defeats and the current outlook. He first declares that 4000 troops from the Department of the South can be diverted and sent elsewhere since "the enemy have left very few troops in that quarter." Turning to recent events, he declares "No one is more mortified than myself at the unsuccessful result of operations here. With a force of three men to the enemy's two we have not only failed to retain an offensive at all, but are now on the defensive... I am deeply chagrined at the tone the public press has adopted toward General Butler, & the manner in which they try to mix me up with it... I have given Gen. Butler a most cordial support throughout, and he knows it. The battle of Drury's Bluff was a disaster to us... Erroneous reports of movements of the enemy elsewhere was the cause of the retreat at the time when there seemed to be no necessity of it. What I most regret is my loss in men (3927 since we landed here) without adequate compensation. The 18th Corps have lost about 2000 more, I am told, nearly 6000 in all... There is a long story to be told of operations here, but I cannot act the part of historian now." Great content!

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