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    Evocative Manuscript Account of Battle of Missionary Ridge. Four-page first-hand account written on three ledger sheets each measuring 8 1/4" x 13 3/4", signed by Henry Francis Baird, and titled "Battle of November 24th 1863 Missionary Ridge Chattanooga, Tenn. as seen & participated in by Henry F. Baird". Written circa 1902, Baird relates, in part: "...I was a private of Co. B 3rd Ky. Inf. 3rd Brigade... my position just right of the old dug road in front of Bragg's headquarters... Grant was out on a faint attracting attention until uncle Bill Sherman had got across the river & around or turned braggs right flank... the bugle at orchard nob sounded... Our officers yelled forward march... cannons belched forth their destruction... I was one of the very first to go flying high up from a shell bursting just under my left foot... Let all the historians say what they please and General Grant's order but the old Ky. inf. understood they were going to charge Missionary Ridge about four o'clock... I saw blue streaks, plenty of them, just the same as we see the lightning... here came Col. Henry Dunlap. I heard him cry follow me... He rode zig zag until he came to the first bench and there lay such a pile of our dead boys the Colonel would not ride over them... I saw him (Jack Pruitt) aiming his gun while the blood was running from two holes in his coat sleeve... poor Jack must have been riddled with bullets...Little Philip Sheridan commanded our Brigade that dey and when he saw us going up the hill, and when he heard Grant say look at that third Brigade - it's gone to hell - who ordered them up there - no one knew - but little Phil said support me General and I will take the ridge but Col. Henry Dunlap and regiment saluted little Phil... and little Phil rebuked us with 'too much parade, colonel, too much parade.' I felt like slapping little fill then & there for I had stood propped up between too of the boys to present arms to him & I do think he might have said well done..." Scattered repairs to border tears and separation at folds. Presents well. A dramatic and colorful account of the battle by one of the participants.

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