• 1st PA Takes 11 Prisoners during Forage; Writer Wounded at 2nd Bull Run

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    1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery B (Cooper’s Battery), was with the reserves at Mechanicsville, Gaines Mill and Glendale and also in action at Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg. It shared the difficulties of the "Mud March", remained near Fredericksburg during the winter of 1862-63 and fought at Gettysburg.  The battery took part in the Mine Run Campaign and the Wilderness Campaign.

    GEORGE BENDER of Lawrence County, PA, was 24 when he enlisted as a private on June 28, 1861. He was wounded at 2nd Bull Run on August 29, 1862, but was able to continue his service.

    Bender writes to his brother from Camp Pierpont, Nov. 28 [1861] in this 4pp, 5” x 8” ALS on patriotic stationary with the words “The Star Spangled Banner Must be Upheld.”  Original stamped cover is included.

    In small part: "…We are still at old Camp Pierpont…We got orders this evening to go out on a forage expedition…We may have a fight before we get back…There will be two or three regiments of infantry with us. There will be a good many of us but then we may have to fight for all we get. There was a regiment of cavalry out on a scouting expedition the other night and they come in contact with a lot of rebels in a swamp and they fired on our men and our men surrounded the swamp and took eleven of them prisoners and killed some of them…They killed some of our men to[o] some four or five. They fetch the eleven that they took past our camp…They was a pretty hard looking set. They had no uniform on and their arms was double barrel shotguns and common rifles…Our men had took eight hundred prisoners today…your effectionate brother, George Bender…"

    Folds, toning. Beautiful stationary and a very good letter. Creative spelling corrected for clarity.

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