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12, March 2012

“I Was Not Born to Be Shot”: David P. Grier’s Civil War Letters

In May 1862, a 28-year-old colonel in the 77th Illinois Volunteer Regiment sent a letter to his fiancée. The regiment’s camp outside Monterey, Mississippi, David P. Grier wrote, was located “on the same ground on which stood a Rebel Camp a few days ago and which I set fire to with my own hands. The coincidence would be very striking indeed if these same Rebels should happen to get back here and burn my Tent and baggage. I should not relish this much,” he went on, “but it might be the fortune of war and I suppose would have to be born with for the sake of country.” Read more »