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Civil War-era Letter from the Fight on Culp's Hill at the Battle of Gettysburg
1865. A first-hand account of the significant fight on Culp's Hill from the Battle of Gettysburg, unsigned but likely written by Captain C.P. Horton, Assistant Adjutant-General of the 149th New York Volunteers, being a 7-page handwritten letter in which Horton describes the events of the battle; sold together with a large group of testimonials on behalf of Captain Horton, including a letter from a Boston gentleman attesting to Horton's character, and an official document from Head-Quarters, Northern Department, dated May 6, 1865, revoking Captain Horton's prior dismissal from the army for horse-whipping a subordinate in Cincinnati. Some very slight browning, overall an extremely well-preserved group of documents. Some selected excerpts: "After General Green had repulsed the attack of Johnson's Division, on the night of the 2nd July, finding that the enemy overlapped his right a good deal (tho they had not then found it out) he was naturally very apprehensive of a movement on their part to turn his right flank - the then right flank of the whole army and that they would reach the Baltimore Pike, striking the Park of Reserve Artillery and bringing them square in rear of Cemetery Ridge. He sent for assistance to the Commanding officer of the 1st, 2nd and 11th Corps who all promised help. Your regiment was the first that came up. When I first met it, it was under the conduct of Captain Craig W. Wadsworth.If I recollect rightly he was riding at the time a gray horse, and may possibly be the officer supposed to have been a rebel. I indicated to Col. Smith the route he was to take … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [Boston, MA, U.S.A.]
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