U.S.A. Hospital Chestnut Hill Phila. Pa.
Thursday July 9. 1863
Here I am with a
bullet hole in my arm made there the
2nd day of July at Gettysburg. I believe
I have not written since leaving Falmouth
but I cannot now give you an accounting of all
our long weary marches thru Va & up thru
Maryland. The 25th June we were at
Thorofare Gap Va. from there we made
forced marches to Gettysburg. One day
we marched over 30 miles.
We got to Gettysburg the evening of July
1st there had been fighting that day
between the 1st & 11th Corps. The next
morning we took our position in the
center till 3 oclock P.M. nothing
happened to disturb the quiet except
occasional picket firing. At 3 o’clock
the 3rd Corps went forward on our left
& the fight soon commenced. We
remained inactive till 4 ½ o’clock &
then moved over to the left of the 3rd corps
& went in. soon found the rebels in the
oak woods & the work became hot, we
drove them at first but they had the
advantage of position & we had to
pull back some. They picked off
our men very fast from behind trees
& rocks. After fighting about an hour
we were relieved by another brigade
just before we were relieved I was
hit in my right arm the ball entering
close to the shoulder & about 2 in from the
old place passed outside the bone &
coming out on the backside it is
not a [---?] wound at all. & has given
me very little trouble thus far. It will
probably take two months to heal.
Co.K. went into the fight with 13 men
& had 2 killed & 7 wounded. We were
color Co. & suffered worse on that account
one of our men was killed with the
colors in his hands. Gilman Johnson
came out unharmed. he is a lucky
boy. The whole regt suffered severely,
losing over 90 out of 160. but it greatest
loss is Col. Cross. He was shot thru the
bowels & died that night. he had been
in command of the brigade & would have
been a Brig. Gen. in a few days it is the
greatest blow the old 5th ever got.
The greatest fight was Friday but of
that I know nothing. I staid at the Hos.
Then till Monday & then walked 7 miles
to Littletown & took the cars. we all
night on the road arriving in Baltimore
Tuesday morning. Here we got breakfast
& had our wounds cleaned and took the cars
to Philadelphia. Got supper. & in the eve
took the cars for this place. Chesnut Hill
is a very pretty place & it is a splendid
Hos. There are over 2000 patients here.
It is 9 miles from the city. A R.R. to the city
passes close to it. No furloughs are
granted from here. it seems to be
my luck every time to get into such
a place. However I rather think I
shall spend at least 30 days at home
before I go back. I shall stay here
2 or 3 weeks perhaps & then take leave
go home report to the regt where I am
& when my wound is well go to the regt.
I wrote to Mother yesterday.
I have not rec a letter or paper or heard
one word from N.H. for 4 weeks. We
got no mail after leaving Falmouth.
Write soon right away. I am very
anxious to hear from you.
My arm plagues me some about writing
& it makes it ache.
Give my love to all. Direct your letters to
U.S.A. Hospital Ward 44
Chesnut Hill Philadelphia, Pa
Geo S. Gove