Col. In accordance with your request to furnish a report of the noncommissioned officers and privates of Co. E. who have distinguished themselves by meritorious and gallant conduct
This is a piece of the 24th Michigan Infantry battle flag from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania that was shot to pieces and divided up among the soldiers. This particular piece was sent home by Timothy O. Webster in a letter dated February 17, 1864.
Hd Qrs 14th Regt N.Y.S.M. 2d Brigade 1st Division 1st A.C. October 8th 1863 Brig Genl L. Thomas Adtj Genl U.S.A. General On the 7th inst. thirty six enlisted men belonging to this Regiment arrived here from Annapolis Md. who were captured by the enemy at Gettysburg July 1st 1863
Utica Sept 29 1863 Sir: I have the honor to transmit [ ? ] Withers testimonial for Capt Walker. Kesaks position in [ ? ] New Cavalry Bureau + from aknowledge of [ ? ] this people + command him warmly I have the honor to be Your obt sert A. [ ? ]
Camp near Hartwood Church Aug. 14th, 1863 Dear Uncle: Not having held any correspondence with you since I have been in the army, it is with some reluctance that I write now, for I know that, through different sources, you hear enough and more perhaps, of this war than you care about already: but thinking that a letter from me giving a short account for the part “we wolverines” have taken in the late campaign, might be of some interest to you. I concluded to write to you.
Head Quarters 19th Regt. Ind. Vols. Aug. 1st 1863 Capt. J. D. Wood Asst. Adjt. Genl. 1st Brigade, 1st Division 1st Army Corps- Sir- I have the honor To submit the following report of the part taken by my command in the battle of Gettysburg Pa. July 1st, 2nd & 3rd 1863:
Mattarran, Mich July 20 1863 Col. J. R. Smith Military Commander L & C [ ? ] [ ? ] The brave Mr A. L. McElheny has heard from what he supposes is reliable information that his brother [ ? ] J. S. McElheny of the first Michigan Cavalry was killed at the battle of Gettysburg & he is [ ? ] of obtaining his body
New Berlin, Maryland July 16th /63Dear Father & Mother Make no doubt but your anxiety for me will be very great having no chance to write to you and if I had I dont know how I should have got them mail I mail one more than a week ago but am unable to say how far it went for there as been so much trouble along the railroads that mail trains could not proceed. I have written three letters since we left Virginia in fact I have embraced every opportunity to inform you of my whereabouts
Camp of the 19th IND. VOLS. South Mountain Pass, MD. July 9th 1863 Dear Mother, I received your letter the other evening and was very glad to head from you and to hear that you was well. I suppose that you have heard all about the great Battle of Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Our regt, was engaged in it and lost two hundred and thirty nine men 239.
On the Battlefield near Gettysburg Penn. July 5th, 1863 Dear Father and Mother: I will write you now and send it when I have an opportunity. The greatest battle of the War has been fought at this place. It commenced last Wednesday the first and lasted three days. The Rebel Army under Lee attacked us with a forced greatly superior to our own and has been repulsed. The field is ours and Lee has now to take the defensive.
Camp for breakfast 2nd Brigade Near Gettysburg, Pa. July 4th, 1863 My Dearest Wife, I have just a minute to spare and write to let you know that we were in the action yesterday and I escaped without a scratch. Our Co. lost several killed, wounded and missing.