Led by Lt. Gen.
Ulysses S. Grant, Grant’s Overland Campaign was a series of battles fought in
Virginia in May and June 1864 during the Civil War against Confederate Gen.
Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
The campaign was a strategic Union victory even though Grant suffered
severe losses. The campaign inflicted
proportionately higher losses on Lee’s army and forced it into a siege at
Richmond and Petersburg, VA.
3 pp, 5” x 7 ¾”, War-date Union soldier's Grant Overland Campaign letter, (including a 4 1/2" x 17" newspaper article clipped out of the May 18, 1864 issue of the Lynchburg Virginian giving a Southern point of view of Grant's Overland Campaign). Our soldier is Private George S. Young, [POW Harper's Ferry, Va., 9/15/62], Co. G, 126th New York Vols. Writing from Headquarters 2nd Corps three miles from Atley Station, VA, on May 31, 1864, Young writes to his mother:
"…Prisoners that have been taken today say that Beauregard is now in our front and that Lee has gone back to Richmond. We are still driving the enemy…The Regt has had a very hard time of it. The folks at home can have no idea of the hardships and dangers they have and are passing through, but they are still in good spirits. We have nothing to do with taking care of the wounded…I cannot be thankful enough for the situation I am in…Gen. Hancock's headquarters are almost always in range of their artillery and we always lay near there. We furnish guard for the headquarter's wagons and horses, have a sentinel in front of Gen. H's tent…guard all prisoners that are sent in and on the march follow in rear of the corps and keep up stragglers…Charley Benedict who was killed in our Co. was no relation of Ira's that I am aware of. Lieut. Stanton was not severely wounded and is and has been doing his duty nobly. He asks no one under his command to go further than himself…I send you a piece of the Lynchburg Virginian. I intended to send a whole one but the boys tore it up before I was aware of it…George S. Youngs."
The original stamped cover is included.
The lengthy article from the Lynchburg Virginian provides the Southern viewpoint, but includes the Northern account of the battles “for the amusement of our readers.”
Toning, folds, very readable. Unusual to find an original clipping with a soldier’s letter.
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