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    A member of "Perry's Saints" describes being shot in the Battle for Battery Wagner

    Horatio Terrell of the 48th New York, "Perry's Saints", Letter Describing Being Shot During the Battle for Battery Wagner. Four pages, 5" x 8", "Hospital / Beaufort / S.C., July 22nd, 1863". Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope addressed to his brother in St. Paul, Minnesota. A surgeon has signed along the left margin of the envelope. Writing from his hospital bed, Terrell writes, in part: "I am wounded in the left leg - a rifle ball passed through. Did not break any bones... I was wounded on the night of the 18th in a charge on 'Fort Wagner' 'Morris Island'... We were repulsed the night of the 18th for the 2nd time. The 1st charge on the morning of the 11th, we lost 150 killed & wounded. 2nd night of the 18th, do not know our loss in killed & prisoners, about 700 wounded. 65 men & 3 officers are left out of the 48th mustered, 800 when we went in - there remains but 2 batteries on Morris Island in possession of the Enemy mainly Fort Wagner & Battery 'B' on Cummings Point. When those are taken Sumter is ours - after taking possession of the 4 batteries on the southern end of Morris Island on the 10th we commenced building batteries to take these forts by siege but after our batteries & Navy (consisting of 5 monitors and the ironsides & a number of wooden Gun Boats) had bombarded it all day seemingly with no effect. We were ordered to charge on it. The 48th was the right flank of the 1st Brigade & was the 1st to mount the ramparts I was shot ascending the 2nd parfait preparatory to charging on the gun our national colors have 53 rifle balls through it. We were the last out. Our Regt. Suffered severely from Sumter's shells..."

    Evenly toned with ink blossoms in the signature. Otherwise, very clean and near fine. The 48th New York lost 242 killed, wounded, and missing in the July 18 assault. The regiment received high praises for their bravery in this action. Their moniker came from their original commander James H. Perry, a minister who organized the regiment in Brooklyn in 1861. He died a year later of disease at Fort Pulaski.


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