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Terry, Robert B. (fl. 1861-1865) to Father

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03523.08.38 Author/Creator: Terry, Robert B. (fl. 1861-1865) Place Written: Falmouth, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 May 1862 Pagination: 4 p. : envelope ; 20.5 x 31.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Informs his father that they are preparing for battle, and will move across the river where they will meet about 25,000 Rebel soldiers. Reports that a portion of General Nathaniel Bank's troops have come, but because the Confederates have "worked their way into the rear" of General Johnson, they will have to return. Also informs him that General James Shields returned as well. Notes that President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary Edwin M. Stanton, and Major General Irvin McDowell, "with Jefferson Davis negro" reviewed them on Friday afternoon. Comments on General George McCall's position as Major General.

Background Information: Robert Terry enlisted on 4 June 1861 as a Private. He was mustered into "K" Co. PA 36th Infantry. He was discharged on 27 April 1865.

People: Terry, Robert B., fl. 1861-1865
Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss, 1816-1894
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
McCall, George Archibald, 1802-1868
McDowell, Irvin, 1818-1885
Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion Soldier's LetterSoldier's LetterChildren and FamilyBattleConfederate States of AmericaUnion GeneralAfrican American HistoryPresidentLincoln's Cabinet

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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