Cosby, George Blake (1830-1909) to James Birdseye McPherson
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05814
Author/Creator: Cosby, George Blake (1830-1909)
Place Written: s.l.
Type: Autograph letter signed
Date: 5 December 1863
Pagination: 1 p. ; 26 x 21 cm.
Summary of Content: Written from CSA Headquarters, Cosby’s Brigade. Marked as unofficial. Contains a watermark on the upper left corner. General Cosby writes to McPherson, commanding forces at Vicksburg, Mississippi. States ”I am informed that Peter Grinner a citizen of Vicksburg has been arrested and is to be tried for being a spy & c- Said Grinner came out from Vicksburg by permission of Genl Sherman on a visit to his brother who is Chf Bugler at my Hdqr- He staid I believe near the camp two or three days- I solemnly pledge my word of honor that said Grinner gave me no information whatever prejudicial to the interests of the US- nor do I believe he gave any information at all- I feel confident from the position of his brother near me he would have given information to me in preference to any other- I make this statement knowing it may benefit him if he is still in your lines & because I can give evidence in his favor in no other way- He is terribly deformed- Works for his daily bread and is I am perfectly satisfied innocent of even a desire to injure the U. S. Forces in any way- Please inform me if he has been sent here.”
People: Cosby, George Blake, 1830-1909., McPherson, James Birdseye, 1828-1864., Grinner, Peter, b. ca. 1830.
Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877
Keywords/Subjects: Civil War;, Military History;, Confederate General or Leader;, Confederate States of America;, Prisoner;, Prisoner of War;, Spying;, Union Forces;, Injury or Wound;, Children and Family;, Union General;
Sub Era: The American Civil War
LOC Search Terms: Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865., United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Underground movements., United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Secret service., Trials (Treason)--United States., Spying--United States., Spies--United States--History--19th century., Espionage--United States--History--19th century., United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865., United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns., United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military personnel--Union., Generals--Union., Generals--United States--History--19th century.Order Image