Monthly Archives: February 2012

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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“My poor boy, Colonel!” The Story of Michael and Hezekiah Spessard

There are few more heart-rending stories from the Battle of Gettysburg than that of Captain Michael P. Spessard, a forty one year-old native of Craig County, Virginia, who commanded Company C, 28th Virginia Infantry in Garnett’s Brigade of Pickett’s Division, … Continue reading

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A Gettysburg Valentine

After the battle, a Gettysburg resident found this note on the back of a valentine: “July 2nd, 1863.  Mr. Yankee: Your house is not torn up at all, compared with the way your Soldier did at Fredericksburg.  I only killed … 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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