Manley Stacey Civil War Letters

From the collection of the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois

December 23, 1862 – Camp Pomeroy

camp Pomeroy
8 miles South of Alexandria
Co D 11th Regt NYSV
Dec 23/62

Dear Father

After a very long delay, I got your letter & five papers to night. I was glad to hear from you again. I got a letter also to night from Mr Cookingham, from Lock Berlin, asking me if I was taking care of Philip Clouse, also asking me me how he was & if he needed anything. Clouse was taken to Washington, two days ago, so I can not see him. We have seen nothing of Aleck yet, & are wondering why he does not come.

I am very glad to get the Papers, as I have nothing to do, while on Fatigue Duty & then I would have a fine chance to read.

You may be sure we shall be glad to get the Trunk by [Budlong], & shall be sure to think of home, that day. I am in hopes of getting a pair of Pants, from home, they will be so much better than Army ones.

I cant be bothered with writing a letter to the Republican.

I shall be very glad to hear or see you, at any time, here.

there has been a great change in Lieut Green, since his promotion, he is not like the same man. He does not seem to take as much interst in the boys, as he did. He gets no $1,00 from me, to buy a Sword.

I have not been PM, since leaving Chicago, the mail comes to the Capts first, & we get it there. there is some talk in the regt of when the fort is done that we are Building, of our being turned into Heavy Artillery & go into it. Green, says he should not be at all surprised. nothing would suit me better. There would be no moving around the Country. I will give you a description of the fort we are building.

To night we have sent out some men to Reinforce our Pickets, the Pickets that were out, brought in 5 Rebel Prisoners & they said that Stewarts Cavalry was going to drive in on our Pickets to night & that they would make a [dash] on us. We would like no better fun than to have a Cavalry Co, make a dash on us in the night time. They would stand a poor chance.

I wish Moor would come back, he would help me in my promotion. Things look like Catlin being sergt now. If he does then.

6 AM Wednesday. Aleck came last night at 8 PM, from Washington, he did not bring the Trunk that had out things, only the one that had Crowls things.

I got the Letter & Postage Currency all night, & shall have to get a little more [of you], to settle up with. After [this] I am going to cut down my Expenses a little. I think I could sell the other pair of Boots with out trouble, some of the boys, are bad off for Boots. I shall not want a Portfolio [Fr..] Cap, the Regulations will not allow me to wear one.

My cold is getting better & is nearly well, there is so confusion [sic] here about Aleck, that I can write no more.

I think we shall get the Trunk to day. I shall get a pass for Washington in a few Days & go & see Peter Crowl. He wants to see me & I am sure I do him. Fortifications again today. I will send plan of the Fort in my next

Love to all


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Manley Stacey

born October 29, 1842

died December 26, 1863

Written during the battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863

"When we camped last, we could see the wounded coming in, those that were able to walk, and the cavalry horses coming in riderless. This showed us that something was going on...I think this will be an awful battle very soon and of course we are in for it...It is a sad sight to see the wounded brought in on stretchers, the poor boys all covered with blood & as pale as death.

"Last night at 4 PM we were ordered to march and form in Line of battle on our left. After a great deal of confusion, we got formed and then we were ordered to advance, right in the face of the rebel guns who were firing their grape and canisters into us by wholesale...After a great deal of marching and counter marching, we were ordered to charge on a rebel battery. We were now right in front of our canons, advancing on their guns, the rebel sharpshooters in our rear picking off our officers. This was an awful time the shells taking the men down by ranks. While we were marching, a man was shot, and the Blood was spilling all over my face, it perfectly Blinded me.

"At 1 PM we were shelled by 100 guns, all concentrated on the force supporting the battery. There we laid behind a stone wall, the shells passing over us and killing the men all around me. Three men were killed and thrown across me, covering me with blood. While we were laying here, a shell struck a stone in the wall and killed a man throwing the man across my legs and the stone striking me in the back & doubling me up.

"We have got about 18 men now in the Company fit for duty and 150 in the Regiment. We went in the fight with over 400, and have yet now 150."

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