Manley Stacey Civil War Letters

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

June 29, 1863 – near Liberty Md

On the March, near Liberty Md.

Co D 111th Regt
June 29th
4 PM

Dear Father

I concluded to write you a letter & drop it in some Post Office, that is if I can. Well we are again on the March, between Fredericks & Middlebury going towards the [Penn] Line. Nobody knows where we shall turn up, I think Hooker is trying to get in Lees Rear, & then Drive him out, of Maryland. If this is so, we shall get the Marching, no mistake.

This morning, it rained just enough, to make the Road pasty & muddy, miserable walking, & to crown it all We are ordered not to go around any mud, nor water, this morning we had to wade, through Water up to our Hips. Tonight we have got to march, to Middlebury, & it is reported from there to Westminster.

When you write to the Chaplain, you must thank him, for his kindness to me in letting me ride

I can write no more, that lovely Fall in


All the Boys are Well
Barney Aleck & Albert

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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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