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1863 May 1
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1863 May 1
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Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 1 May 1863, from Frederick F. French, sergeant of Company D, 169th New York Infantry stationed in Suffolk, Virginia, to "friend Thomas" in New York, describing the regiment's first action under fire during the Confederate siege of Union troops in Suffolk. French details the location of Suffolk as well as the location of the fighting, and notes that the regiment acquitted itself well during fighting along the Edenton Road on 24 April 1863, adding that Colonel Clarence Buell was severely wounded and Lieutenant John H. Hughes was lightly wounded. French states that the Union generals are Michael Corcoran (1827-1863) and John James Peck (1821-1878) and that Confederate generals are James Longstreet (1821-1904) and D. H. Hill (1821-1889). French adds that fighting is beginning again as Longstreet had set 1 May as the date the Confederates would dine in Suffolk. French also mentions two deserters who absconded with regimental earnings
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Frederick F. French was a sergeant in Company D, 169th New York Infantry. His regiment enlisted in 1862 and served in defense of Washington D.C. until 18 April 1863 when it was ordered to join Union forces in Suffolk, Virginia. The regiment saw its first military action during the Confederate siege of Suffolk in late April-early May 1863. The regiment later participated in campaigns in eastern Virginia, then along the coast of South Carolina until 1864. The regiment returned to Virginia in 1864 and participated in the battle of Cold Harbor. The regiment served in the trenches before Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, then participated in the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, North Carolina. The 169th served in the North Carolina campaign of 1865. It was mustered out in Raleigh, North Carolina, 19 July 1865.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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4
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Historical Collectible Auctions
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001528008
Type of unit
p.

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