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Brisbin, James S. (James Sanks) (1837-1892) to Jane Brisbin

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01504.01 Author/Creator: Brisbin, James S. (James Sanks) (1837-1892) Place Written: Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 August 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Captain Brisbin writes to his wife following the Battle of Malvern Hill, which he describes as "the memorable occasion when General [George] McClellan changed his base of operations from the York to the James River." Refers to Captain Kantz (possibly August V. Kantz), Captain Gregg, and [Lieutenant Kermin?]. Describes the stench of rotting corpses and witnessing the death of a severely wounded soldier. Recounts delivering his Company to safety during a mission by ordering them to take off their blue shirts, exposing grey shirts underneath, thus disguising themselves as Confederate soldiers. States that Union troops continue to wait in the area, hoping to distract Confederate forces from attacking [General John] Pope. Discusses the alteration of his will, declaring that he will not get killed and promising never to leave again after he returns home from military service. Expresses approval regarding President Abraham Lincoln's decision to draft soldiers. Written in the field near Richmond, Virginia.

People: Brisbin, James Sanks, 1837-1892.
Brisbin, Jane, fl. 1861-1864.
Kantz, August V., fl. 1862-1865.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Pope, John, 1822-1892.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Battle of Malvern Hill, Civil War, Military History, Battle, Union Forces, Union General, Death, Injury or Wound, Confederate States of America, Soldier's Letter, Military Uniforms, President Conscription

Sub Era: The American Civil War