Dardswell (Thomas) Papers, 1863, 1 Item

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Cite As:Thomas Dardswell Papers, 1863, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-E10-b

Transcription(s): Yes

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Accession Number: 2000.200

Processed by: Emily Brickhouse June 2002

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Abstract: Thomas Dardswell wrote to his father the day after Gettysburg about the battle and facing Pickett’s Charge (July 5, 1863; 3 pages).

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Thomas Dardswell enlisted in the Union Army on July 28, 1862 at Palmyra, New York. On August 20, 1862 he was mustered into the 111th New York Infantry, Company A as a private. The regiment was part of the Army of the Potomac in the II Corps. The 111th was on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg and faced the men of Brigadier-General James Johnston Pettigrew’s division during Pickett’s charge. The 111th served under Major General Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps. Of the three hundred men from the 111th, two hundred, forty-nine were killed, wounded, or captured.

Dardswell survived the battle and mustered out of service on June 5, 1865 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scope and Content Note

Dardswell’s letter (July 5, 1863; 3 pages) refers to the battle of Gettysburg and in particular, Pickett’s Charge. “We got cut afull a charging on a batrey we took a good many prisoner and five stand of cullars [colors].”

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