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    Berdan Sharpshooters: William B. Greene Letter. Published letter written on seven sides of two separate folded sheets, Head Quarters, Gen. Birney's Division, Near Spotsylvania C.H., May 18th 1864. Written by William B. Greene, Co. G, 2nd USS to his brother Marlon Greene back home in Raymond, New Hampshire. Includes the original envelope with stamp removed. Some excerpts: "We still lie near the same place as when I wrote to Mother the other day, on the Battle field of May 12th where many have been called to their last account... we left our camp at Brandy Station... marched all night... arrived at the Rapidan river... arrived at the old Chanslorville House... at day break we started on the march again acting as flankers to prevent the enemy from surprising the column as they were moving along... Our Regt. was ordered on the skirmish line... We found that that 1st S.S. had been engaged & found the Vermont Brigade at them... The morning of the 6th found our Div. advancing on the enemy's entrenchments. Our Regt. went in on a charge & lost many men, for which the Brig. Gen. of our Brigade is under arrest, for he had no business to make the S.S. charge... At night the enemy made an unsuccessful charge... losing many killed. There was but a few shots from the artillery on either side in the fight of the Wilderness - so called... The Johnnys having started toward Richmond, we left our lines of entrenchments & started along on their flank, continually shelling their troops and baggage train... All day the 11th, our Regt. engaged the Johnny's S. Shooters, no general engagement by infantry... marched all night & succeeded in flanking the enemy - charged & captured their breast works & succeeded in repulsing two charges made by them to retake their works. The fight lasted all day & at night the enemy were piled in large quantitys in front of the entrenchments, some pretty near torn to pieces, many wounded etc. Our Corps captured 7,000 prisoners in the charge of the morning... we were ordered to report at Gen. Birney's Head Quarters. We done so & found that the 1st & 2nd S.S. were to be attached to no Brigade, but were to stop at Head Quarters only, when we are on duty." Another great content letter.

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