Manley Stacey Civil War Letters

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

July 7, 1863 – Taney Town, Md

Camp near Taney Town Md
July 7th 11,30 AM

Dear Father

I wrote you yesterday from Littlestown Pa, & having a little time now thought I would write again today.

Yesterday we kept our things on all day, expecting to be Ordered to move but of course was not sorry to stay. We have suffered everything this past week on account of Rations, talking about living on half Rations, we lived without any. I never knew what it was to suffer with hunger before, this morning I was so weak & faint I could hardly walk.

We left our Camp at Littlestown this morning at 5 AM, & marched here, halting at 10 AM. We are to stay here tonight so the Guard has just told us.

There is one thing I have forgotten to mention, Before we went into Battle, Col told us, that her wanted us to redeem our name, that we had been called Harpers Ferry Cowards, by the Old Troops & he wanted us to show them different. After we had broken 2 lines of Battle of the Rebs, who were advancing on us, Hays, rode on front of us & yelled out, Harpers Ferry Cowards ah. The Old Troops say they never saw a Regt fight better than we did, We have got a good name among them. As yet our Corps, has had no Credit at all in the Papers, though we were in the centre & was under fire more than any other. The lists of killed & wouded, will tell, who did the work, if nothing more. I will send you a list of Killed Wounded & missing in our Co, in this, which you can publish if you choose.

I think we shall move to Fredrick City from here, unless we have some trouble here. It is reported that our Waggon Train was Captured yesterday, Our Boys have been out Foraging today & have returned with a stock of Bread

Hope to hear from you soon

Manley

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Killed Wounded & Missing in Co D 111th

Killed
          Lieut E, M, Granger1
          A. Fliar2
          M. Kearin3
          G. Ritter4

Wounded
          Capt S. D. Holmes5,  Elbow
          Sergt C, L, Cookingham6,  Thumb
             “   I. Penoyer7,  Head
          Privates T. Hooker8,  Breast
          D. Lamson9,  Back
          M. Eichenlaub10,  Foot
          W. York11, Wrist
          W. Bennett12,  Head
          E. Bovee13,  Arm
          B. Finch14,  Leg
          A. Hunt15, Wrist
          J. Frank16,  Bowels
          J. Almakinder17,  Shoulder
          J. Dunning18,  Head, since Died
          M. Pflug19,  Shoulder
          S. Carll20,  Wrist

Wounded
          Corpl. Larue21,  Wrist
          A C [......],  Thumb

Missing
          H. Vandermerlin22
          T. Hunter23
          [C] [Weeden]24
          L. Werner25

 

1Granger, Erastus M.–age,?? Enrolled 7 Aug 1862 at Auburn to serve three years. Mustered in as second lieutenant, Co. D, 20 Aug 1862.  Killed in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.

2Flier, Abram–age,40 Enlisted 21 Jul 1862 at Sodus to serve three years. Killed in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; also borne as Fliar.

3Kearin, Michael–age,18 Enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Killed in action, 2 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.

 4Ritter, Gustavus–age,33 Enlisted 1 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Killed in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; also borne as Gustave Ritter

5Holmes, Sebastian D.–age,?? Enrolled 7 Aug 1862 at Auburn to serve three years. Mustered in as captain, Co. D, 15 Aug 1862; wounded in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; discharged for disability, 27 Jun 1864.

6Cookingham, Charles L.–age,18. Enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Galen. Wounded in action 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; killed in action 5 May 1864, at The Wilderness, VA.

7Penoyer, Ira–age,27 Enlisted 5 Aug 1862 at Sodus to serve three years. Wounded in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; died of his wounds, 9 Jul 1863

8Hooker, Thomas–age,19 Enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Wounded in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; captured in action, 22 Jun 1864, at Petersburg, VA.; died, no date, while a prisoner of war.

9Lamson, Daniel W.–age,23 Enlisted 7 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Wounded in action, 2 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; captured 5 Jun 1864,at Cold Harbor, VA.; no further record; also borne as Lampson.

10Eichenlaub, Michael–age,42 Enlisted 3 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Wounded in action, 3 Jul 1862, at Gettysburg, PA.;Transferred to Veteran Reserve Coprs, 11 Feb 1864; discharged, 14 Jul 1865, as of Co. H, First Regiment, at Elmira, NY

11York, William–age,25 Enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Sodus to serve three years; mustered in as corporal, Co. D, 20 Aug 1862; returned to the ranks, no date; wounded in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; captured in action, 21 Jun 1864, before Petersburg, PA.; no further record.

12Bennett, Wesley–age,20. Enlisted 28 Jul 1862 at Lyons.Wounded in action 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.

13Bovee, Edward–age,18. Enlisted 17 Jul 1862 at Lyons. Wounded in action 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.

14Finch, Benjamin–age,31 Enlisted 28 Jul 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Wounded in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; discharged, 17 Apr 1864, at Newark, NJ.

15Hunt, Albert A.–age,18 Enlisted 9 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Wounded in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; discharged, no date.

16Frank, John A.–age,22 Enlisted 20 Jul 1862 at Sodus to serve three years. Wounded in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, no date, from which mustered out, 28 Jun 1865, as of Co. G, Tenth Regiment, at Washington, DC.

17Almarkinders, John.–age,35. Enlisted 7 Aug 1862 at Sodus. Wounded in action 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburgh, PA.

18Dunning, John–age,18. Enlisted 29 Jul 1862 at Williamson to serve three years. Wounded in action, 2 or 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; died of his wounds 7 Jul 1863.

19Pflug, Martin–age,19 Enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Wounded in action, 2 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; discharged for disability, 11 Dec 1863.

20Carll, Simeon–age,23. Enlisted 5 Aug 1862 at Lyons. Wounded 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.; Killed in action 5 May 1864 at The Wilderness, VA.; also borne as Carroll.

21Larue, James H.–age,24 Enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Promoted corporal, no date; wounded in action, 3 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; discharged for disability, 29 Jan 1864.

22Vandermerlin, Henry–age,23 Enlisted 11 Aug 1862 at Sodus to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. D, 20 Aug 1862; wounded in action, 2 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; mustered out with company, 4 Jun 1865

23?Hunter, Thomas–age,45 Enlisted 20 Jul 1862 at Lyons to serve three years. Captured in action, 22 Jun 1864, at Petersburg, VA.; paroled, no date; mustered out with company, 4 Jun 1865, neat Alexandria, VA.

24Warner, Ludewic–age,34 Enlisted 29 Jul 1862 at Lyons to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. D, 20 Aug 1863; deserted, 2 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; also borne as Louis Warnor and Werner.

25?Weden, Charles–age,30 Enlisted 6 Aug 1862 at Lyons to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. D, 20 Aug 1862; killed in action, 2 Jul 1863, at Gettysburg, PA.; also borne as Wedin and Weeden.

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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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