CIVIL WAR - UNION - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/21/1863 CO-SIGNED BY: J. O. GRINGSTON - HFSID 264492
Sale Price $450.00
CIVIL WAR: UNION [J. O. GRINGSTON]
J. O. Gringston sends an autograph letter during the Civil War.
Autograph Letter signed: "J O Gringston/Adjt.", 1 page, 8x6 lined sheet. Newport Barracks, North Carolina, 1863 December 21.Headed: "Circular". In full: "Commanders of Companies of 9th Iy [Infantry] Vols are requested to select from their several Companies the (3) three best marksmen to assemble at Newport Barracks N.C. Thursday A.M. (Dec 24th 1863) to attend a Shooting Match. By Command of Edw H Riply". Edward H. Ripley served as Lt. Colonel of the Ninth Vermont Volunteers from May 1863-June 1865. He was brevetted Brigadier General of Volunteers on August 1, 1864. The Ninth Vermont, which originally consisted of 920 men and officers, had been mustered into the Union Army on July 9, 1862 for a period of three years. The unit was captured at Harper's Ferry in 1862 and spent six months in Chicago as paroled prisoners before seeing service in Virginia. In January 27, 1864, the month after this letter was written, the 9th Vermont Volunteers, which then consisted of 499 men and officers, captured a Confederate garrison at Young's Cross Roads. The same day, they received reinforcements of 350 men. The 9th Infantry, which successfully defended Newport Barracks against an assault by Pickett's troops later in 1864, participated in a the battles of Chapin's Farm, Fair Oaks and the fall of Richmond before the final members mustered out in December 1865. Lightly creased. Lightly soiled at blank left margin. Irregular left and lower edges. Overall, fine condition.
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