Presentation Bible of Captain Elijah F. Munn Killed in Action at the Battle of Gettysburg Captain Munn was the first casualty of the regiment in the “Wheatfield” - Inventory Number: GET 398
“The loss of 5 killed, 29 wounded, and 10 missing, was made on the second day, and is probably a fair percentage of those engaged. Capt. Elijah F. Munn was the first man killed — his death occurring just before the charge through the Wheat-field, and, while holding position on the left centre. A solid shot passed through his body. Most of the loss was met in the Wheatfield, and the road just beyond. Colonel Morris and Lieutenant Colonel Hammell were both wounded. Capt. George H. Ince was killed, and Lieutenant Banta shot through the lungs. And, here, in the woods, at about the most advanced point reached by the regiment in its charge on the enemy, the State of New York has erected a monument to the memory of the men who died there.”
The 66th New York Infantry saw heavy casualties at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg.
Period ink inscription on the interior cover reads: “Presented to Capt. E.F. Munn by the Sanitary Commission March 29, 1863.” It is rare to find a testament presented by the U.S. Sanitary Commission. Most were by the Christian Commission. Accompanied by extensive research on the soldier and regiment.
Elijah F. Munn:
Residence was not listed; 24 years old.
Enlisted on 9/2/1861 at New York City, NY as a 2nd Lieutenant.
On 11/4/1861 he was commissioned into "G" Co. NY 66th Infantry
He was Killed on 7/2/1863 at Gettysburg, PA
* Capt 12/3/1862
SIXTY-SIXTH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY (VETERAN). Governor's Guard; Mechanic Rifles; Old Sixth Militia. (Three Years)
This regiment was organized by the State October 29, 1861, at New York city, by the consolidation of the Mechanic Rifles, Col. James H. Bull, with the Governor's Guard, Col. Joseph C. Pinckney, of the 6th Militia, with the latter as Colonel. The Putnam Rifles, the Leslie Guard and part of the Empire Zouaves had previously been merged into the Governors Guard, of which the 6th Militia formed the nucleus. The regiment was recruited at New York city (a few men were from New Jersey), and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years November 4, 1861. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged, and the regiment retained in service.
It left the state November 16, 1861, served in Graham's Brigade, Buell's, later Keyes,, Division, Army of the Potomac, from November, 1861; in French's Brigade, Sumner's Division, Army of the Potomac, from January, 1862; in same, 3d Brigade, Richardson's, 1st Division, 2d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March, 1862; in 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 2d Corps, from August, 1862; in 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 2d Corps, from September, 1862; in 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 2d Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March, 1864; at Fort Richmond, New York harbor, from May, 1865; and, commanded by Col. John S. Hammell, it was honorably discharged and mustered out August 30, 1865, at New York city.
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Inventory Number: GET 398