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  • Two Days of War: A Gettysburg Narrative and Other Excursions by Henry Edwin Tremain / SOLD

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    Two Days of War: A Gettysburg Narrative and Other Excursions by Henry Edwin Tremain - Inventory Number: HIS 109 / SOLD

    1905 edition by Henry Edwin Tremain, a member of Daniel Sickles “Excelsior Brigade” and staff officer that was awarded the Medal of honor for gallantry at the Battle of Resaca, Georgia. Tremain recounts his service from the Battle of Gettysburg onward to the western theater and includes many excursions and reunions with “The Third Army Corps Union,” a veterans organization established in September 1863. The book includes numerous illustrations, maps, and photographs, including photographs and an account of two “Coffee Mill” machine guns used by the Excelsior Brigade in the Battle of Williamsburg. The book is 513 pages and hardbound with the membership badge of “The Third Army Corps Union” depicted on the cover. Great content and in very good condition. 

    Henry Edwin Tremain -Residence was not listed; 22 years old. Enlisted on 7/15/1861 at New York City, NY as a 1st Lieutenant. On 8/14/1861 he was commissioned into "E" Co. NY 73rd Infantry. 

    He was discharged for promotion on 4/25/1863. On 4/25/1863 he was commissioned into US Volunteers Aide-De-Camp. He was Mustered Out on 4/20/1866. He was listed as:  POW 8/29/1862 2nd Bull Run, VA (Paroled). Exchanged 9/21/1862 Aiken's Landing, VA. Promotions: Capt. 11/1/1862 (As of Co. G). Lt Colonel 3/13/1865 by Brevet. Major 5/1/1865 (On General Sickles Staff). Colonel 6/12/1865 by Brevet. Brig-General 11/30/1865 by Brevet. Intra Regimental Company Transfers: 11/1/1862 from company E to company G. Other Information: Born 11/14/1840 in New York City, NY. Died 12/9/1910 in New York City, NY.  Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY. Medal of Honor Information: He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on 5/15/1864 at Resaca, GA. (Rode between troops to stop friendly fire).



    THE battle of Resaca, Ga., May 13 to 16, 1864, occurred during Sherman's campaign in Georgia when General Sherman had been confronted by General Johnston at Dalton, and had forced him to fall back upon Resaca. During the engagement of the 15th an act of most conspicuous gallantry was per-formed by Major H. Edwin Tremain.  This officer had not been assigned to duty in Sherman's army, but was attached to the personal staff of Major-General Sickles, who was visiting the command under confidential orders from the President.  With his chief's permission, the major volunteered for staff duty under General Butterfield, and rendered important service in command of a brigade.


    By an unfortunate accident or misunderstanding during the battle, the brigade led by General Harrison was fired upon by that of General Coburn, and was threatened with the utter confusion and disaster which are the usual and natural result of such a blunder.  Major Tremain rode between the lines in front of Coburn's command, knocking down the muskets of the front rank with his sword and hands; he stopped the firing, saved the brigade from destruction, and the assault from failure.

    After the battle and as Major Tremain was about to leave, General Butterfield gave expression to his appreciation of the major's services in the following letter:  " As you are about to leave us this morning to resume your tour with General Sickles, with a feeling of sincere regret at losing your valuable services, it is a great pleasure to thank you for them.  Your devotion and energy in camp and on the march, your gallantry at our assault of the enemy's works at Resaca, Ga., and your genial qualities have endeared you to us all." 

    Inventory Number: HIS 109 / SOLD