General David McMurtrie Gregg
Taken in the Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania and was submitted by Fred Otto.
David McMurtrie Gregg was born in
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, on April 10, 1833, a first cousin of Andrew Gregg
Curtin, Civil War governor of the state, and paternal grandson of Andrew Gregg,
who served from 1791 to 1813 in the U. S. House and Senate. Gregg's early
education was obtained at private schools and at what is now Buck-nell
University. In 1851, he was appointed to the Military Academy, from which he was
graduated in 1855 and appointed a brevet second lieutenant of dragoons. After
duty on the Indian frontier, he was in garrison at Fort Tejon, California, when
the Civil War began. In January, 1862, he received the appointment of colonel of
the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry and, after capable service on the Peninsula and in
the Maryland campaign under George B. McClellan, was appointed a volunteer
brigadier general to rank from November 29, 1862. During George Stoneman's
abortive raid against Richmond in the campaign of Chancellorsville, Gregg
commanded a division. The following month he was covering the extreme right of
the Union line at Gettysburg, when he fought a sharp cavalry battle against Jeb
Stuart's troopers, which secured for the Federal army its last threatened
artery. Although Alfred Pleasonton was in command of the cavalry, Gregg has been
cited in some accounts as having "gained one of the most conspicuous cavalry
victories of the war." In the course of Grant's Overland campaign against
Richmond in 1864, General Gregg distinguished himself in command of the 2nd
Division of the Cavalry Corps. It is difficult to explain his resignation from
both regular and volunteer service on February 3, 1865. The records are silent
and General Philip Sheridan notes in his autobiography: ". . . it is to be
regretted he felt obliged a few months later to quit the service. . . ."
According to Cullum's Register, Gregg was a farmer near
Milford, Delaware, until Grant made him United States consul at Prague in 1874, where he served only briefly. Until his death on August 7, 1916, he resided in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he was buried in the Charles Evans Cemetery. In 1907 General Gregg published The Second Cavalry Division of the Army of the Potomac in the Gettysburg Campaign.
Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.