Category Archives: Army of the Potomac

“I can’t tell you what we suffered” Prisoners, Part 2 – A Union Story

    When infantry of Pickett’s division began to pour over the stone wall at the Angle during the climatic moments of Pickett’s Charge, the three right companies of the 69th Pennsylvania, whose right flank was threatened by the Confederate movement, … Continue reading

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“I threw down my gun and held up both my hands” – Prisoners of War, Part I

    How were men taken prisoner during the battle? How did the armies process the POW’s they captured and move them from the battlefield to prisons in the North and South? And what was the experience of those captured in … Continue reading

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An Alfred Pleasonton Question

    The Pennsylvania Memorial contains bronze standing sculptures of President Lincoln, Pennsylvania war-time Governor Andrew Curtin, Major Generals George G. Meade, John F. Reynolds, Winfield Scott Hancock, David B. Birney, and Alfred Pleasonton, and Brigadier General David McM. Gregg.  I … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Cushing

    1st Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing is possibly the most famous 1st Lieutenant of the Battle of Gettysburg, perhaps of the Civil War. There is now a good chance that Cushing, who was killed on July 3 during Pickett’s Charge, … Continue reading

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The Cavada Brothers: Two Soldiers, Two Wars

   The stories of Gettysburg’s soldiers and civilians are individually unique and compelling. Their lives after the battle can yield surprising conundrums. The brothers Frederick and Adolph Cavada present an unexpected connection between the Battle of Gettysburg and a war … Continue reading

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A New Arm for the 11th Massachusetts Infantry Monument at Gettysburg

Gettysburg National Military Park’s monument preservation branch has been working on restoration of the 11th Massachusetts Infantry monument, which was damaged by vandals in February 2006. The arm with its bronze sword was the primary symbol of the Massachusetts coat of arms … Continue reading

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Faces of Gettysburg – Francis Ashbury Wallar – Medal of Honor Winner

   He went by Frank rather than Francis or Ashbury. When he died on April 30, 1911, Earl Rodgers, Wallar’s former commander of old Company I, 6th Wisconsin, recalled; “Wallar was one of the few soldiers who at no time … Continue reading

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Who Shot J.R.? Part Three

    Four years after his letter to Samuel Bates about Reynolds’ death, in 1880, Joseph Rosengarten gave the keynote address for the presentation of the Ole Balling (a Dutch artist) portrait of General Reynolds to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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Romances of Gettysburg: Who Shot J. R.? Part Two

    Before we begin to examine the sources that document Reynolds death and explore what they reveal to us about who might have shot him, it will help those readers unfamiliar with this incident to briefly review the events leading … Continue reading

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Romances of Gettysburg – Who Shot J. R.?

    J. R. is, of course, Union General John F. Reynolds, the highest ranking officer to lose his life in the Battle of Gettysburg. He was killed early in the battle on July 1, soon after he made a crucial … Continue reading

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