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RECALLING THE 99TH PA. VOLS AT GETTYSBURG Fine content A.Ms.S. by Union 1st Lt. CHARLES H. FASNACHT of the 99th Pa. Infantry, 6pp. 8vo., Harrisburg, Aug. 8, 1889, in pencil, a memoir in the form of a letter to fellow 99th Pa. officer Capt. Albert Magnin concerning the regiment's actions at Gettysburg. Fasnacht, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing the 2nd La. Infantry's flag at Spotsylvania, relates, in part: "...It is given that Berdan sharp shooters were out in front of the extreme left and were the first to discover General Longstreet's troops movement to our left and towards Round Top on July 2nd...early in the morning of July 2nd our regt...[was moved] somewhat to the right of Little Round Top...a detail of skirmishers was made from our regiment, myself being one..we marched toward the Scherffy House, and in the rear of the Peach Orch...passed in an oblique line through the orchard, across the Emmittsburg Road and into the field beyond...discovered a rebel skirmish line advancing...in the direction of Round Top...firing was indulged in on both sides. We had now advanced as far as we could...we were ordered back...we discovered that the 3rd Corps had formed a line of battle...The rebels that 'Berdan' discovered somewhat later and more to the left were the same troops that the skirmishers...fired on earlier. I am sure of this being an eye witness...we passed through the field of waving grain and into the woods when the engagement began...we were ordered to the left flank in rear of the rest of the Brigade on double quick to the extreme left at the 'Devil's Den' where several guns of Smith's New York Battery and the 124 Regt. N.Y. were heavily engaged, and just as we came to the front, a brigade of rebels came through the Den and received a volley from our regt. Their leader fell from his horse and their onward march was stopped while the battle became fierce...". Lightly toned, else very good.
Estimate $ 200-300

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