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1863 November, Seventh
Nov. 1, 1863
Editor State Journal:-Rumors have
reached me from time to time that the remains of those men of the "Iron
Brigade" and of the 56th Pennsylvania and 76th New York volunteers who fell
at Gainesville in the bloody fight of August 28th 1862, were carelessly buried.
Upon examination, a few days since while passing the battlefield on our way to Thoroughfare
Gap, it was found to be true.
I have today had details from all the regiments who fought there sent to the
ground under the charge of Capt. Richardson of the 7th Wisconsin. They have
carefully interred the remains. Many of them of them could be recognized by the
positions where thy lay or by the articles found about them. As the friends of
those who fell there will doubtless hear of the loose manner of the first
burial, I write this to assure them that all has been done that could be to
give them decent burial.
L. Cutler, Brig. Gen.