Legg (Joseph) Papers, 1863, 1 Item

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Cite As:Joseph Legg Letter, Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas

Forms Part of: Pearce Civil War Collection

Location: 1-E1-c

Transcription(s): Yes

Scanned Copies on File: No

Accession Number: 2005.148

Processed by: Kathryn Sheriff, July 2005

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Abstract: One letter dated October 3, 1863 and written by Joseph Legg while in Chattanooga, Tennessee described the battle of Chickamauga. He then detailed the struggles his regiment endured in the weeks after the battle while expecting another attack.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Joseph Legg of Aroma, Illinois enlisted into the Union army as a private on August 2, 1861. He mustered into Company D of the 42nd Illinois Infantry and re-enlisted on February 16, 1864. Legg was promoted to corporal, and on December 16, 1865 he mustered out at Indianola, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

One letter (October 3, 1863), written by Joseph Legg, describes the conditions of his brigade to a friend. The letter begins by listing the twenty four casualties by name, and continues by detailing the struggle the regiment encountered while trying “to flank Bragg out of Chattanooga” and the eventual retreat to four miles outside of the city.


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