5 July 1863: “Enemy evacuated his lines about Gettysburg.”

Item Description: Diary entry, 1 July 1863, written by Levi J. Fritz, describing his regiment’s march toward the Battle of Gettysburg. Fritz served in the 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment during the Civil War and wrote the regiment’s song, “My 53rd.”. He was granted a medical leave of absence in December 1864 for haimoptysis (hemoptysis).

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Item Citation: From Folder 1 of the Levi J. Fritz Papers #5442-zSouthern Historical CollectionWilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item Transcription:

Sunday July 3rd
Enemy evacuated his lines about Gettysburg. Seen Dr McKinnon, visited 68th orders to march at noon. Rainy marched four miles to Littleton ? ? pike bivouaced for night, terrible rainstorm during the night.

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