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Collection Reference Number GLC05033
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1864 
Title Alfred Gibbs to F. S. Cozzens regarding an encounter with a Presbyterian parson
Date 1 March 1864
Author Gibbs, Alfred (1823-1868)  
Recipient Cozzens, F.S.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written from camp near Culpeper. Missed Cozzens on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. On the train to Washington, sat beside a Presbyterian parson. Told the parson he was a brevet Bishop in the Army of the Potomac. Notes that the parson was respectful in consequence, but drank a large amount from Gibbs's canteen. Writes, "I can't be funny under any circumstances... They have just sent the best part of my brigade, and left me here to watch the [river?]." Requests tacks. Wishes he had "redeye" instead of "'certain death' suttler whiskey."
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union General  Union Forces  Alcohol  Diet and Nutrition  Religion  Army of the Potomac  Humor and Satire  
People Gibbs, Alfred (1823-1868)  Cozzens, F. S. (fl. 1864)  
Place written Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Religion
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Gibbs was promoted to Brigadier General in December 1864 and Major General in 1865.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945