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           The Battle of Gettysburg

       To visit the town Gettysburg today and the surrounding battlefield is a memorable experience even for those who don't have a strong interest in history. To walk on such ground, where such significant events took place, is a unique and impressive experience. The land is so well preserved and well marked with monuments and markers that it is almost as though the battle is still being fought. However there is a paradox present on the fields of Gettysburg. It is a place where a terrible battle was fought, where many men suffered and died, a place where countless sacrifices were made, and where men had experiences that remained as the core events in their life. However there is now a peace there that can be felt on the battlefield. A powerful silence that encourages one to contemplation of the incredible and valient deeds that were done there. One can at once notice that there is something different about about the fields, hills, and woods at Gettysburg, something that sets them apart from other areas. Perhaps Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain explained this experience best in a speech at Gettysburg on October 3, 1889 when the 20th Maine monument was dedicated,
"In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls. This is the great reward of service. To live, far out and on, in the life of others; this is the mystery of the Christ,-to give life's best for such high stake that it shall be found again unto life eternal."


(above) Patrick and Isaac Taylor of the 1st Minnesota Regiment. On July 2, 1863, the 1st Minnesota was ordered to charge alone, in a stalling action, against an entire Confederate Brigade whose advance was threatening the vulnerable Union line on Cemetery Ridge. Unfortunately Isaac Taylor (right) was mortally wounded and his brother Patrick buried his brother on the field at Gettysburg.  This photo belongs to the Gettysburg National Park Service.

A Summary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Day 1 July 1st, 1863

Day 2, July 2nd, 1863

Day 3 July 3rd, 1863

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(above) Color Sergeant Henry G. Brehm of the 149th PA Regiment

Sgt. Henry Brehm carried the national flag of the 149th PA at Gettysburg. During the afternoon of July 1st the regiment was positioned at the McPherson Farm along the Chambersburg Pike.  The colors of the regiment were drawing Confederate artillery fire. In an attempt to draw fire away from the regiment the color guard was detached and moved to an advanced position away from the regiment. In the chaos that followed the 149th PA fell back without the color guard.  As the color squad debated what to do, a small group of Confederate soldiers crept up to the concealed color guard and attempted to take the flag. A struggle ensued and Sgt. Brehm was mortally wounded by a shell fragment when he ran through the advanced Confederate lines that had passed them in an attempt to get the flag back to Union lines. Even after receiving the mortal wound, Sgt. Brehm raised himself up and pursued the Confederate who took the flag.  


(above) Colonel Patrick "Paddy" O'Rorke of the 140th NY as a cadet at the West Point Academy where he graduated first in his class in June of 1861. Two years later this young officer with so much ahead of him took the initiative on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg and led his regiment over the crest of Little Round Top just in time to stop the Confederate advance from taking the crest. Col. Paddy O'Rorke was a mortally wounded as he crested the hill and led his regiment forward.

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