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Birney, David Bell (1825-1864) to Mr. Gross

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02608.01 Author/Creator: Birney, David Bell (1825-1864) Place Written: Belle Air, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 February 1863 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.6 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: General Birney transmits his division's battle flag (not included) via Lieutenant Briscoe (possibly J.C. Briscoe). Referring to General Philip Kearny, states "Kearny always had it with him as he dashed along the front & at his Head Quarters." Requests that Gross present the flag to the Union League of Philadelphia. Of the flag, writes "It is a very plain, unsightly piece of bunting, but when Franklin's G. Division saw it advancing up the hill at Fredericksburg and recognized it as my battle flag, a shout of joy went up, and nine hearty cheers welcomed it to the front."

Background Information: William Buel Franklin commanded the Left Grand Division in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

People: Birney, David Bell, 1825-1864
Gross, Mr., fl. 1863
Briscoe, J. C., fl. 1863
Franklin, William Buel, 1823-1903
Kearny, Philip, 1815-1862

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Battle of FredericksburgCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion GeneralBattleGiftAmerican Symbols and SealsDeathAmerican Flag

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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