Wallace, Casper (NY, 111 Infantry Regiment)
CASPER D. WALLACE, DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
749 WILLIAM ST., BRIDGEPORT
EDWARD A. PINKNEY, SENIOR VICE COMMANDER
37 GRASSY PLAIN ST., BETHEL
RUSSELL VAN DEUSEN, JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER
2507 MAIN ST., BRIDGEPORT
CHARLES L. RUSSELL, MEDICAL DIRECTOR
NATHAN COE, DEPARTMENT CHAPLAIN
BOX 193, NEWINGTON
IRA R. WILDMAN, CHIEF OF STAFF
27 TOWNHILL AVE., DANBURY
EDWARD T ABBOTT
ASST. ADJUTANT GENERAL
ASST. QUARTERMASTER GENERAL
857 NOBLE AVENUE
Department of Connecticut
Grand Army of the Republic
March 23d 1937
Mr. Park W. T. Loy.
Chairman Antietam Celebration Commission.
My Dear Sir.
I am in receipt of your communications of March 20th and thank you for it, and will be glad to do anything I can to aid you in your Laudable endeavor, unfortuneately however I was a Prisoner of War at the time the Battle of Antietam was fought.
I was one of the 13000 captured at Harpers Ferry a few days before the Battle was fought, and Paroled on the ground, we witnessed Stonewall Jackons Army Marching through Harpers Ferry, over the Road down the Shenandoah Valley. My Regiment, (the 111th New York Infantry) had been in Harpers Ferry only a few days. in fact had just been outfitted with Uniforms Guns and other necessarys for a Soldier when the last of Jacksons Army had passed over the Bridge across the Potomac, We took up the march in the opposite direction for Anapolis, and on to Chicago Parole Camp.(Camp Douglas )
we could hear the Guns faintly at Antietam, while on our march. We were confined at Camp Douglas for (9) nine weeks, when we were exchanged and went to Washington where we were equipped with Arms &g and went to Centerville, Va, where we ware joined by the 135th, the 136th and the 39th, (or Garibaldi Guards, an Italian Regt) and a Battery, the whole commanded by General Alexander Hayes, and we commenced training, and did we train! and how all winter and Spring of 1862 & three, and when General Lee and the Armey of north Va made his ill star'd invasion of Pennsylvania, we were attached to the Second Army Corps as the third Brigade, third Division, of the Second Army Corps. and so remained until the end of the War at Appomatox, our Corps arrived on the Gettysburg Field in the early morning of the 2nd days Battle, General Hayes was assigned to the command of the 3d division, Col George Willard the seignior Col of the Brigade was assigned to command the Brigade, and in Charge we made on the evening of the 2nd, Willard was killed.
I will not bore you with more of my Army life farther than to say I participated in all the battles of the army of the Potomac that the 2nd Corps did from Gettysburg to Appomatox. Wounded at Gettysburg slightly, never sick a single day in the three years, always with my Regiment, enlisted as a private at the age of 15 and a half. and at the age of 18 and four months Sargeant Major of my Regiment. and this day the 23d of March 1937 I am 90 years and three months of age, I’m very good physical health.
I have written a long letter for me. and I hope I have not bored you with my clumsy narrative, I would like to join you on the occasion of your Celebration. but fear I will be unable to.
In conclusion let me say that I have visited the Battle Field of Antietam in 1911 and 1912 I was stationed at Newport News VA, supervising the building of two submarine boats for the government and I drove from there to Bridgepoort and passed through the Antietam after Dark. Against the horizon I saw monuments and was sure it was Antietam. I drove to Hagerstown where I spent the night, and in the morning drove back and spent the morning going over the field, trusting you will overlook errors and mistakes or change them to the penalities of old age!
I am very cordially yours.
C. D. Wallace.
111 Reg’t NY Vol. Infantry
Past Dept Commander, Dep’t Conn.
Grand Army of the Republic
749 William St Bridgeport Conn
Washington County Free Library
Western Maryland Room
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