1951 Letter (with photo enclosed) of O3’s great grandfather :
My parents valued this picture, of Mr.”Gid. Chalkley”, they were fond of him, and I’ve heard them speak of his very fine character. I think I must have known of him, because I know he was lame, and I was told he was wounded in the famous battle of Gettysburg.
I don’t know in what year he died, but since I passed my 71st. birthday last week, I feel sure I knew him.
Would love to know you and your wife better, and do go and see Robert the next time you go to Chesterfield.
Lilian Ivey Moore
14th Virginia Infantry
CHALKLEY, GIDEON P.: 2nd Lt. Co. D. Enl. Chesterfield CH 4/24/61 as Cpt. Merchant. Pres. 7-8/61. Elected Sgt. 9/12/61. Pres. 11-12/61 through 5-6/63. Promoted 2nd Lt. 7-8/62. WIA (right leg amputated) and captured Gettysburg 7/3/63. At Gettysburg hosp. 7/63. Trans. Ft. McHenry 3/2/64. Trans. Ft. Deleware 6/16/64. One of the “Immortal 600” sent to Hilton Head, S.C. 8/20/64. At Beaaufort, S.C. hosp. 12/64. Paroled and exchanged Charlestown, S.C. 12/13/64. Retired 3/30/65.