Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
General David McMurtie Gregg
David Gregg resigned his army commission, in a letter dated January 25, 1865. Having for more than three years been on uninterrupted service in the field, commanding cavalry in the Army of the Potomac.
"I at this time find such an imperative demand for my continued presence at home that my personal attention may be given to pressing private duties and business, that I can no longer defer action to secure my discharge from the service."
Gregg's real reasons for resigning before the end of the war are lost to history. He missed exciting cavalry actions in the Appomattox Campaign. He settled in Reading, Pennsylvania, his wife's home. He farmed near Milford, Delaware, but his life was dull and he apparently regretted leaving the army. In 1868 he applied for reinstatement, but the cavalry command he wanted went to his cousin, John Irving Gregg, so he remained an unhappy civilian. In 1874, he was appointed by President Grant to be U.S. Consul to Prague, Austria-Hungary, but soon returned home because his wife was homesick.
Gregg was active in state and local affairs and raised funds to preserve Valley Forge as a national shrine. He visited Gettysburg Battlefield numerous times and gave speeches at events. In 1891, he became active in politics and was elected to a term as Auditor General of Pennsylvania. Gregg died in Reading, Pennsylvania, one of the oldest surviving survivors of the war in the state, and is buried there in Charles Evans Cemetery. He is memorialized with a bronze equestrian statue in Reading and the American Legion Post there is named "Gregg Post" in his honor. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Government & Politics • Peace • War, US Civil.
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 40° 20.755′ N, 75° 55.78′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is at the intersection of North 4th Street and Oley Street, on the left when traveling north on North 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 N 4th St, Reading PA 19601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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