Allison Nunn contributed the following information
and photo of Ulysses F. Doubleday
Lt. Ulysses F. Doubleday
Transcription of a newspaper clipping found in family papers:
The 121st Regiment.--The following letter, announcing the death of
Lieut. U. F. Doubleday, was received by his brother, and is dated
FREDERICKSBURG, VA., MAY 3, 1863
We left camp at White Oak Church on the 28th, and marched to Fredericksburg, and were ordered to cross the river at 11 o'clock P. M. The 16th N.Y. crossed first, in boats, 45 in each boat. The 121st was the next to cross. The fire upon us was pretty sharp, but not many of our men were injured.
We skirmished until the 2d of May. We were ordered to take Fredericksburg and the heights, which we did with perfect success. The fire was a continual ring of cannon and musketry. We succeeded in scaling the heights at 1 o'clock P. M., on the 3d. Then we marched on, the 121st in advance, with the exception of a line of skirmishers. We approached a long line of woodland and shrubbery, and the enemy commenced firing again on us. We were ordered to charge while a heavy fire was opened upon us through the lines--throughout the whole battalion. At the second volley, our Captain, T. S. Arnold, was killed. The third, Lieutenant Doubleday was shot through the head, the ball piercing his forehead, and coming out upon the back side of his head. He fell instantly, exclaiming to his company, "Go on, boys, you are driving them." He stood at his post until the last moment--had his sword drawn and was urging on his men. He has died for his country; has done his duty as a soldier and an officer. He was beloved by his company and his regiment.
To-day has been a sad time to the 121st.---We approached the
with 57 men in Co. H, and came out with 21---had 5 killed, and the rest were
wounded and missing. Some of the other companies were cut up worse than
ours. The battle is still going on, and the shells are flying all around us.
are relieved for to-day, as we were in the advance ever since the 29th ult.
officers were badly cut up. Capt. Wendell is missing. The ground we were
fighting on the enemy now have possession of. As we are liable to be called
upon any moment, I must close. I will write you what success we have if I
live to see it thro.'
I remain Yours,
Co. H, 121st Reg't N. Y. V. P. S. I have Lieut. Doubleday's sword in my possession. I will send it to you as soon as I get a chance. As we started to retreat, I seized his sword, belt and cap. Coming through the thick brush I lost his cap. R. G. F.
Lieut. D. was the youngest son of the late Demas A. Doubleday, of this town, and cousin to Gen. Doubleday, who fired the first gun in defence of the Stars and Stripes at fort [sic] Sumter.