Captain Joseph Gregg
Captain Joseph Gregg

Civil War - Captain Joseph Gregg

Joseph Gregg enlisted in the New York 137th Volunteers in 1862 and achieved the rank of captain. His unit fought at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. On the second day of the battle, Gregg and the 137th defended Culp's Hill when a Confederate attack struck their position. Gregg led a bayonet charge and was wounded in the left shoulder and chest. The arm was amputated and Gregg died in the hospital on July 3rd. He is buried in the Bank Street Cemetery in Newfield. Colonel David Ireland reported Captain Gregg's valiant defensive action on the evening of July 2nd: "Captain Gregg with a small squad of men charged with the bayonet the enemy that were harassing us most, and fell mortally wounded, while leading and cheering on his men." Source: "137th Regiment Infantry, Historical Sketch by Surgeon John Farrington," From New York at Gettysburg, pp. 942-43.

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Gregg's tombstone
Capt. Joseph Gregg monument in the Bank Street Cemetery in Newfield. The inscription on the stone reads: "Captain J. H. Gregg, 137th Regiment, NYSV, Fell while nobly leading his men at bayonet charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863, Age 26 years and 10 months, a sacrifice for his nation's sin."

Culp's Hill at Gettysburg. This photo was taken from Cemetery Ridge. Capt. Gregg and his men were defending Culp's Hill on the 2nd day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Capt. Gregg resigned from the military on March 5, 1863 due to poor health. He rejoined his unit on April 22, 1863. Source: Military Service Record of Capt. Joseph Gregg, National Archives, Washington, D. C.


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