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General David McMurtie Gregg

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 20, 2020
1. General David McMurtie Gregg Marker
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Gregg was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. He was the first cousin of future Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin and the grandson of Pennsylvania Congressman Andrew Gregg. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1855 and was given a commission as a brevet second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Dragoons Regiment (heavy cavalry). During his tenure at West Point, he interacted with two classmates who would become great calvary generals—an opponent and a commander, respectively J.E.B. Stuart, class of 1854, and Philip Sheridan, class of 1853.

His first real assignment was in the New Mexico Territory, as a company commander in the 1st U.S. Dragoons. His unit was ordered to California and he traveled with his friend Dorsey Fender; they later bought a racehorse together. His company then marched to Fort Vancouver, in Washington Territory. During this tour of duty, Lt. Gregg had his first taste of combat, engaged with with 160 men against 1,000 Indian warriors, who had surrounded them. The fighting lasted for three days, although casualties were minor and Gregg managed a fighting retreat.

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the start of the Civil War, Gregg returned to Washington D.C., where he was promoted to captain in the 3rd U.S. Calvary, followed soon by a transfer to the 6h U.S. Calvary, he developed typhoid fever and barely escaped death when his Washington hospital caught fire. In January 1862 he became colonel of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative AmericansWar, US CivilWars, US Indian.
 
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 40° 20.75′ N, 75° 55.78′ W. Marker is in Reading, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Marker is on North 4th Street just north of Centre Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 61), on the left when traveling north. 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Major General David McMurtie Gregg (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg
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(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named General David McMurtie Gregg (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thompson's Rifle Battalion: Capt. George Nagel's Company (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reading.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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Mar. 5, 2021