May 23,1863, 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, Battle Of Salem Heights, Superb Content For SaleThis item is a wonderful, original letter dated May 23, 1863 ; Camp near Falmouth, Virginia; where Henry C. Tayer (Thayer) of the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry has written home to his family in Rhode Island ....the shells burst over our heads, ten chances to one you are going to get hit, the grape and canister is what an Army dreads; not the charge of bayonets...we had to leave our wounded in the woods, they may have been taken prisoner...I fired 19 rounds of old cartridges, some of our boys fired 60 rounds of patent cartridges...drop them in the muzzle, hit the butt on the ground and you're ready to go.....from your brother H.C.Tayer.
Letter is eight pages, with original envelope, easily read, in overall fine shape.
Henry C. Thayer Residence was not listed; ...Enlisted on 8/12/1862 as a Private. ... On 8/21/1862 he mustered into "I" Co. RI 2nd Infantry ...He was discharged for disability on 10/31/1863 at Judiciary Square Hosp, Wash DC ... He was listed as: * Absent sick 9/15/1863 U.S. General Hospital (Until Disch) .
On the 2d and 3d of May, 1863, the battle of Chancellorsville was fought. On the morning of the 3d, the Regiment supported General Gibbon's division in carrying Salem Heights, near Fredericksburg, having two men slightly wounded. In the storming of Marye's Heights, on the afternoon of the same day, the most terrible portion of the conflict, and in some sense a separate, independent battle, the Regiment, led by Colonel Rogers, performed deeds of conspicuous valor. At a critical moment, it largely contributed towards checking the enemy when our forces were being driven on the right, and saved a New Jersey regiment, hotly pressed, from annihilation and probable capture.
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