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George Granger Transcript

My Dear Governor –

The 9th Me Vols. was in a horrid charge yesterday – Capt. Gray & Capt. Brastow were killed instantly and Capt. Beale missing and supposed killed. Lt. Charles Weeks wounded in the heel – Lt. Colbath wounded in the arm – Lt. Smith was struck but remains with the Regt. The 9th behaved splendidly, brought off all our colors – 2 9 foot colors & 2 guidons – one of the markers was instantly killed & the other wounded. The staff of one of the guidons was shot into.  All the Color Guard was struck. Frank Howe of Company F carried the colors. Our loss in enlisted men was about 50 – about half killed. There is a move on Petersburg today

I have the honor to make the following recommendations for promotion – For Colonel, Major Joseph Noble – for Major, Capt. George B. Dyer – for Captain, 1st Lt. Levi McKenney – for Captain, 1st Lieutenant John L. Emerson – for 1st Lt., 2nd Lt. George W. Brown – for 2nd Lt., Orderly Serg. Benjamin J. Hill.  I would be much gratified to receive the commissions soon to get the officers mustered before the companies are too small. Please excuse this communication – we are lying in the trenches expecting an attack every moment.

I have the honor to be, Sir
Very respectfully your ob’t serv’t
G. Fred Granger
Col. Com’dg 9th MV

To Hon. Samuel Cony
Governor of Maine 


Five miles from Richmond
North of the James River
Oct. 1st 1864
Dear Sir

Our Army and the 9th Maine (what are left) are all right – no casualties yesterday though we were under fire all afternoon.  The Rebels made their charge on our lines and were repulsed with much slaughter - we took three battle flags, two hundred men & seventeen officers, prisoners.  Our Brigade was slaughtered awfully on the 29th ultimo. I am the only officer of the 9th Me. left with the reg’t who started originally as an officer – Major Noble and myself the only uninjured officers. The rainy season has set in. I never saw troops suffer more than our men did last night. I was wet as a rag last night – and so was every one else in the trenches.

If you will do me the favor to send Capt Dyer’s commission as Major by return mail and the others as soon as possible, you will confer a great favor upon me. Capt. Dyer is A. A. Adj. Gen of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division 10th Army Corp, a very brave officer and an educated gentleman – he has been in every battle our Brigade has been in, and has always behaved himself with marked coolness and courage.

Resp. Gov. your ob’t Sv’t G. F. Granger