CDV OF U.S. GENERAL DAVID M. GREGG

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Waist-up view carte de visite of Gregg. Image is clear with very good contrast. Period ink identification on lower edge of mount. Photographer’s backmark, F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia.

David McMurtrie Gregg (April 10, 1833 – August 7, 1916) was an American farmer, diplomat, and a Union cavalry general in the American Civil War.

Gregg, as colonel of the 8th Pennsylvania fought in the Peninsula Campaign, where he distinguished himself in the Seven Days Battles. The Battle of Antietam was his next engagement, but cavalry played little role. Gregg was promoted to brigadier general just before the Battle of Fredericksburg. Gregg assumed command of the 3rd Division in February 1863.

During the start of the Gettysburg Campaign, Pleasonton launched a surprise attack on Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station resulted in the largest predominantly cavalry engagement of the war. Gregg led the 2nd and 3rd Divisions across Kelly's Ford to attack the flank and rear of the Confederates on Fleetwood Hill, where Stuart's headquarters were located.

In the middle of the Gettysburg Campaign, Pleasonton reorganized his corps and Gregg was given command of the 2nd Division. His division arrived mid-day on July 2 and took up positions to protect the right flank and rear of the Union Army. On July 3, Three miles east of Gettysburg, in what is now called "East Cavalry Field", Stuart's forces collided with Gregg's division and Brig. Gen. George A. Custer's brigade of the 3rd Division.

Gregg commanded the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac in early 1864 until the arrival of Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan, who commanded the cavalry of the forces of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the Overland Campaign. Near the end of his service, he was promoted to the brevet rank of major general.

This image was part of the Ray Ritchie collection.  [jet] [ph:L]

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