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A Letter From John W.

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Letter from John W. Inzer in Ashville, Alabama to John H. Bankhead in Washington, D.C. In this time, a Marine lieutenant in a line company, John W. Harper, wrote two long letters to his father, a World War II Marine lieutenant colonel who now lives in a suburb of Chicago. Written as one combat veteran to another, the letters cover in some detail small unit actions from Sept. 14, including the skirmish in which Lieutenant Harper was wounded in the stomach.

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Descriptive Summary

Dates: 1856-1868
Creator OR Collector: Grosh, John W., -1864
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
San Marino, California 91108
Abstract: The Civil War letters of Corporal John W. Grosh of the 79th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, Company A.
Language of Material: The records are in English.

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A Letter From John W.

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[Identification of item], John W. Grosh letters, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Purchased through Nick Aretakis Americana at PBA Galleries, Sale 599, Lot 70, October 20, 2016.

Biographical Note

John W. Grosh was the eldest son of Peter Lehn Grosh (1798-1850), a Pennsylvania artist, instrument maker, and fruit and flower grower. The family, descendants of Palatine settlers, was related to Hosea Ballou and Ethan Allen Grosh, the discoverers of Comstock Lode. In 1838, Peter Lehn Grosh married Sarah Lorentz; John was their firstborn son, followed by Jacob and Fanny. In 1857, John and his father moved to Petersburg, Pennsylvania.
In August 1861, John W. Grosh enlisted, as corporal, in the 79th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, Company A. The regiment was organized at Lancaster, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1861 and ordered to Harrisburg and Pittsburgh and then to Nolin and Munfordsville, Kentucky. In February, the regiment was ordered to Nashville, Tennessee, and on March 28, to Columbia, Tennessee where the men were engaged in guarding the Nashville & Decatur Railroad. As part of the Army of the Ohio, the 79th took part in the expedition to Rodgersville, Alabama (1862, May 13--4), Lamb's Ferry (May 14) and Negley's Expedition to Chattanooga (May 28-June 17). After that the men were posted on duty at Tullahoma, Tennessee, until August when they were engaged in the pursuit of Braxton Bragg into Kentucky, including the battle of Perryville (October 8). In the fall of 1862, they stayed at Mitchellsville, guarding the Louisville Nashville Railroad. In November 1862, the unit was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland. In December, the regiment took part in the advance at Murfreesboro (December 26-30) and the battle of Stone's River (December 30-31, 1862 and January 1-3, 1863). The men remained at Murfreesboro until June, taking part in the expedition to McMinnville (April 20-30); and then fought in the Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign (June 23-July 7). They remained in Middle Tennessee, as part of the forces of occupation until August 16. In August and September 1863, the 79th was part of the Chickamauga campaign. John W. Grosh was reported killed at the battle of Chickamauga. It later transpired that he was taken prisoner. He died at Andersonville, September 4, 1864 (grave No. 7839).

Arrangement

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection consists of letters that John W. Grosh wrote to his mother Sarah Lorenz Grosh, sister Fanny Grosh Bender, and brother Jacob L. Grosh in the course of his military service. Regular and richly detailed letters were posted from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia; there are no letters for the period between August 20 and October 15, 1862. The group also includes a few letters from Jacob L. Grosh to his brother and letters from Fanny's uncles Daniel and William H. Grosh. The letters contain a small 'diary for the month of May 1862 Co. A. 79th Regiment P.V.' and a pencil drawing titled 'Interior of Tent No. 2 of Co. A 79th Regt. P.V. Encampment near Nashville, Tenn. March 16 1862.'
Also included is manuscript titled 'History of the Campaign for the spring of 1863 by the 66th N.Y. V. Vols. Written by Edward H. Cornell on the 21st of December 1864' (This is most likely Edward H. Connell, of Co. I; he enlisted under that name and changed it to Cornell at the time of the discharge in 1865).
There are also letters to Peter L. Grosh from his brother-in-law William Lorentz and the letters from Peter L. Grosh and John W. Grosh from Petersburg, Pennsylvania, and letters, mostly to Fanny Grosh Bender from her family and friends, written after John's death; correspondents include Mary C. Graeff, Mary A. Russell, and Lavinia Miller Summy (1832-1904). The collection also contains letter of condolence from John's commanding officer states that according to the Adjutant General's report, John died in hospital Richmond on November 21st, 1863. However, on June 5, 1865, Daniel Grosh thanked his niece of 'extracts' of John's letters written from captivity, which showed that he died a slow death 'by degrees.'
Also included are: Sarah Grosh's pension certificate; a newspaper clipping listing the casualties of the battle of Chickamauga, including John W. Grosh; clippings from patriotic envelopes; and a small broadside 'Crippled Soldier's Song.'

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Grosh, John W., -1864
A Letter From John W.
Grosh, Sarah Lorentz, 1820-1890

Corporate Names

United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 66th (1861-1865)
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 79th (1861-1865)

Geographic Areas

Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
Kentucky -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
Pennsylvania -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
Pennsylvania -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- New York (State) -- Sources
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Pennsylvania -- Sources

Genre

Diaries -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century

1856-1863, March

GRO 1 Lorentz, William. Letter to Peter Lehn Grosh, 1798-1859 (1856, June 9)

GRO 2 Lorentz, William. Letter to Peter Lehn Grosh, 1798-1859 (1858, Sep. 19)

GRO 3 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1858, Dec. 21)

Petersburg, Pa. Following the above: note by Peter Lehn Grosh, 1798-1859 to Fanny Grosh Bender.

GRO 4 Grosh, Peter Lehn, 1798-1859. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1859, Feb. 28)

GRO 5 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1861, June 17)

GRO 6 Graeff, Mary C. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1861, Sep. 27)

GRO 7 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1861, Oct. 6)

GRO 8 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1861, Oct. 14)

GRO 9 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1861, Oct. 25)

GRO 10 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender ([1861], Oct. 26)

GRO 11 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1861, Nov. Microsoft office templates free downloads. 3)

GRO 12 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1861, Nov. 5)

GRO 13 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1861, Nov. 17)

Camp Nevin, Ky. On illustrated stationery: US Flag 'Excelsior.'

GRO 14 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1861, Dec. 12)

GRO 15 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1861, Dec. 26)

GRO 16 Grosh, Jacob L. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Jan. 1)

GRO 17 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Jan. 18)

GRO 18 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1862, Jan. 31)

GRO 19 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Feb. 15)

Letter
Camp Wood, Ky. With illustrated envelope: 'One Flag, One Country.'

GRO 20 Grosh, John W., -1864. Interior of Tent No. 2 of Co. A 79th Regt P.V. Encamped near Nashville Tenn, March 16th 1862: drawing (1862, Mar. 16)

GRO 21 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1862, Mar. 18)

GRO 22 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Mar. 31)

GRO 23 Graeff, Mary C. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender ([1862], Apr. 6)

GRO 24 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1862, Apr. 11)

GRO 25 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Apr. 14)

GRO 26 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1862, May 2)

GRO 27 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, May 4)

GRO 28 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, May 22)

GRO 29 Grosh, John W., -1864. Diary for the Month of May (1862, May 1-31)

Camp Morehead and Columbia, Tenn. Water stained. Fragile. In pieces.

GRO 30 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, June 8)

GRO 31 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1862, June 12)

GRO 32 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1862, July 3)

GRO 33 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, July 6)

GRO 34 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1862, July 6)

GRO 35 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1862, Aug. 20)

GRO 36 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1862, Oct. 14)

GRO 37 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Oct. 17)

GRO 38 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Oct. 24)

GRO 39 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Oct. 27)

GRO 40 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1862, Nov. 26)

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GRO 41 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1862, Dec. 11)

GRO 42 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1862, Dec. 22)

GRO 43 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Jan. 11)

GRO 44 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1863, Feb. 1)

GRO 45 Grosh, Jacob L. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Feb. 12)

GRO 46 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Feb. 17)

Murfreesboro, Tenn. With illustrated envelope: 'The Union Now Henceforth & Forever Amen.

GRO 47 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1863, Mar. 18)

GRO 48 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Mar. 19)

1863, April - 1868

GRO 49 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Apr. 6)

GRO 50 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1863, Apr. 17)

GRO 51 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Apr. 19)

GRO 52 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, May 8)

GRO 53 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, June 8)

GRO 54 Graeff, Mary C. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, June 20)

GRO 55 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, June 30)

GRO 56 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, July 5)

GRO 57 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1863, July 9)

GRO 58 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Aug. 3)

GRO 59 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1863, Aug. 12)

GRO 60 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Aug. 20)

GRO 61 Graeff, Mary C. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Aug. 23)

GRO 62 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1863, Aug. 29)

GRO 63 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1863, Sep. 15)

GRO 64 Gibble, Harrison. Letter to S. Parker (1863, Sep. 26)

GRO 65 Mullin, John J. Letter to John W. Grosh, -1864 (1863, Sep. 21)

GRO 66 Grosh, John W., -1864. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1863, Oct. 24)

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Richmond, Va. On verso: note to 'Dear Sister' with drawing of US Flag.

GRO 67 Grosh, William H. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1863, Nov. 4)

GRO 68 Grosh, Daniel J. Letter to 'Dear Sally' (1864, Feb. 20)

GRO 69 Grosh, William H. Letter to Jacob L. Grosh (1864, Mar. 8)

GRO 70 Grosh, Jacob L. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1864, Mar. 22)

GRO 71 Benson, James. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1864, July 19)

GRO 72 Grosh, Daniel J. Letter to Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1864, July 20)

GRO 73 Cornell, Edward H. History of the Campaign for the Spring of 1864 by the 66th N.Y. V. Vols.: manuscript (1864, Dec. 21)

GRO 74 Grosh, Jacob L. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1865, Mar. 1)

GRO 75 Grosh, Daniel J. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1865, June 5)

GRO 76 Pension Army Voucher for Sarah Lorentz Grosh, 1820-1890 (1865, Nov. 14)

GRO 77 Summy, Lavinia Miller. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1866, Feb. 13)

GRO 78 Summy, Lavinia Miller. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1866, Mar. 1)

GRO 79 Russell, Mary A. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1867, July 20)

GRO 80 Crise, Mahala S. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1868, Feb. 16)

GRO 81 Russell, Mary A. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1868, May 10)

GRO 82 Grosh, Daniel J. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender (1868, July 11-Sep. 7)

Smithville, N.J. Includes note by Mahala S. Crise.

GRO 83 [Graeff, Mary C.]? Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender ([1868], Aug. 7)

A Letter From John W. Lewis

GRO 84 Graeff, Mary C. Letter to Fanny Grosh Bender ([1868?], Sep. 29)

GRO 85 Newspaper clipping listing casualities of the Battle of Chickamauga, including John W. Grosh, -1864 [1863]

GRO 86 Ephemera and Notes

GRO 87 Empty Envelopes

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