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This member of the old Dutch stock who inherited estates on Manhattan Island that became fabulously valuable as New York burgeoned -- he was grandson of Henry L. Brevoort (1791-1874), Washington Irving's lifelong buddy -- was a major and assistant adjutant general on the staff of General David B. Birney, commander of the III Corps. Printed DS, 12pp, 4½" X 7¼", n.p., 1863 May 16. Very good. Lightly age toned and a bit scuffed on first page (only); stitched at left margin. This printed "General Orders, No. 48," issued from the "Head Quarters 1st Division 3d Corps," opens with "The Brigadier General commanding Division congratulates it on its achievements of the 2d and 3d of May. The Division pierced the centre of the enemy's column, captured over seven hundred prisoners, then returning, breaking through the enemy who had closed in its rear, executed successfully the order of the Major General commanding the army to attack at midnight; then receiving the enemy's attack at daylight, held his hordes in check and at bay until ordered to withdraw and hold a position of honor given to it in the front of the new line." The battle referred to is of course Chancellorsville, in which Birney's division suffered more casualties (more than 1,600) than any other division; and because of his distinguished service, four days after this order was issued (on May 20th) Birney was promoted to major general. Pages 2 through 12 consist of a lengthy list of "names of meritorious and distinguished non-commissioned officers and privates, selected for their gallantry, as recipients of the 'Kearny Cross,' the Division decoration." Signed at the close in type by D.B. Birney as Bigadier General, and below this in bold brown ink by Brevoort (above the printed rank "Major and Ass't Adj't Gen'l."). Below this he adds "Official" and "Capt & AAG" and another officer (illegible) also signs. N° de ref. de la librería 40807
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