Riley (G.H.) Papers, 1862, 1 Item

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Cite As:G. H. Riley Papers, 1862, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-S2

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Accession Number: 2004.451

Processed by: Harriet Burdock, June 2005

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Abstract: One letter (June 26,1862; 4 pages) from G. H. Riley, who was attached to Anderson’s Brigade, near Richmond, Virginia. Riley must have been transferred to another brigade because he closed the letter with, Jenkins’ Brigade of South Carolina. He describes the second battle of Bull Run that his regiment took part in, but his health prevented him from being a participant.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

G. H. Riley served in Anderson’s Brigade near Richmond, Virginia and appears to have been transferred to Jenkins South Carolina Brigade. Life dates and place of birth were not found.

Scope and Content Note

G. H. Riley’s letterhead states, “Camp Near Richmond/ Anderson’s Brigade June 26, 1862” Most likely he was attached to General George Bergwyn Anderson’s Brigade which was in the Richmond area at the time he wrote the letter. Riley must have then been transferred to another brigade because his letter closes with the citation, “South Carolina’s Jenkins Brigade.” General Micah Jenkins was from South Carolina and Riley may have been assigned to his brigade.

Riley describes how frightened he is: ”I find my fears growing larger….to ward off distress….I reported to the surgeon, and am feeling about as well as can be expected.” He describes the second battle of Bull Run,….we had a desperate battle resulting in another Bull Run affair…the firing was intense both in rapidity and in volume…it blazed like wired lightning across the horizon…” He goes on to say that: “News has just entered camp that McClellan’s army is divided and…old Stonewall came near to caging that old cooper in his den.” Riley ends the letter optimistically: “The Yankees can’t hold us. I think their defeat will bring them to their senses….and hasten our recognition abroad and bring this war to a close…” Riley did not participate in the fighting with his regiment as he states “I am sorry to say my health would not permit me leaving camp …and I only regret I was unable to go with my Regt & get into the action…”

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