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    Berdan Sharpshooters: William B. Greene Letter. 6-page published letter written on two sheets of writing paper (in pencil), n.p., 2nd U. S. S. Shooters, June 21, 1864 from William B. Greene to his mother. Some excerpts: "I am now, as I suppose you are aware, in front of the City of Petersburg. The outer line of breast works & redoubts, or rather forts, were captured by our cavalry & nigger troops belonging to Butler's Corps June 15th. The loss was slight on our side on account of our boys flanking them & taking them by surprise... the next morning The enemy blew our revilee by sending in some of their 12 lb. Parrott shells. One or two were killed... in a little while the 2 S.S. were ordered on the skirmish line. We got good cover & three Regts. of our Brigade were ordered on a charge. They went in, got repulsed & came back on the jump with considerable loss... part of our Div. charged. After a continual shower of shell, grape & cannister & bullets, for about two hours, they succeeded in capturing another line of works & eight pieces of artillery, caissons, horses, etc. with considerably many prisoners. Our Regt. laid on a brow of a hill in rear of the charging party, in rifle pits dug by them selves - but when I saw the troops advancing in mass by Brigade I knew what was up & I got down under the hill & got in a brook with a high bank & was in a pretty safe place. When they went in for support, the 11th passed right over me... We have one more line of strong breast works to take before we can go into the city. I do not know how Gen. Grant proposes to do it but I suppose he will have them before long. He has got about a dozen mortar guns in position & every once in a while they throw a 20 lb. shell into the air & down they drop right into their works. But still they hang to them." Sold with transmittal envelope with stamp removed.

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