James Clay Rice, a Soon-to-be Hero of Gettysburg, Lobbies for Promotions
Autograph Letter Signed, Head Quarters 44th [New York Volunteers] Camp near Falmouth, VA; to William Kidd, Military Secretary, March 14, 1863. 2pp. Condition is very good with minor tears and some tape along folds.
“This regiment is equal in bravery to a brigade… the boys are here who can fill [the] positions.”
Rice, who four months later would valiantly defend Little Round Top at Gettysburg with fellow colonel Joshua Chamberlain, shows fighting spirit and pride in his unit.