Carlisle (PA) Herald, “The 7th Regiment Captured,” May 13, 1864

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    “The 7th Regiment Captured,” Carlisle (PA) Herald, May 13, 1864, p. 2: 6-7.
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    The 7th Regiment Captured
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.

    THE 7TH REGIMENT CAPTURED – We have received a private despatch from Alexandria which reads as follows:

    “The Seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves captured entire.”

    Cumberland County has two companies in this regiment – Company A, formerly commanded by Capt. R. M. Henderson, at the time of its capture under command of 1st Lieut. S. V. Ruby. Company H, commanded, we believe, by Capt. King, of Mechanicsburg. This company is from Mechanicsburg. There is also a company from Perry county in this regiment. At the time of its capture the regiment was charging through a thick abattis, and advancing too far in advance of its supports was surrounded by overwhelming numbers. No report of the casualties has been received.

    Since the above was in type we have seen a private letter from a gentleman in Washington which says that the writer learned from Captain and Lieutenant Robinson, two officers of the 7th who escaped from their captors, that the regiment at the time of its capture was marching along not expecting the appearance of the enemy, when by a sudden dash a large body of Rebels succeeded in getting in their rear, and they were compelled to surrender. These officers state that there was no fighting and that of course there were no casualties in the regiment.

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