(left) Lt. Eugene L Dunham of the 44th NY Regiment was killed in action on July
2nd, 1863 on Little Round Top. He was a gentleman, loved by his fellow officers, and had a noble bearing. Since his youth
he was known to have a strong sense of right and wrong, justice and injustice.
(above) A letter from Lt. E.L. Dunham to a friend
named Georgia whom he was likely courting. In the moving letter he speaks of his experience at the battle of Fredericksburg,
his struggles afterward, the emotional struggles of a civil war soldier, the regiment receiving a new flag, and much other
moving content. In one part he states, "I thought and seriously too for sometime after that there was no use in struggling
any longer. A feeling will come over the soldier often a defeat that he cannot shake off, a feeling of dread and discouragement.
It will wear away perhaps by degrees but very slowly an encouraging letter from some dear friend at home. A word of kindness,
a word of sympathy, a patriotic thought. Be it ever so brief, from one we can trust and respect and love at home revives the
spirit, brings back the determination does much towards driving away that dread. They turn my thoughts from brooding over
our hardships and misfortunes into the right channel and I think again of the rectitiude of our course and resolve anew that
I will stand by it still." Lt. Eugene Dunham would be killed four and half months later on the crest of Little Round
Top "while nobly and gallantly urging his men to duty" (Letter from administrator's collection).
(Left) Lt. William Robert Thomas and his three brothers. All four brothers served in the 3rd South
Carolina Regiment of Kershaw's Brigade. The 3rd SC skirted the Peach Orchard and advanced straight across the Rose Farm in
its attack on the Union position in The Wheatfield. Two of the brothers were killed in this action at Gettysburg, a third
was seriously wounded. This is a photo that says a thousand words. Pay very close attention to the intensity in their eyes
and the position of their hands. Each brother has his hand on another brother, the two brothers at bottom of photo have their
fists clenched on each other's legs. The photo conveys their intensity, love and devotion for one another, their passion and
conviction, and one can't help but notice in their faces some awareness of what lied ahead for them.
(Left and Below) Confederate Colonel Issac Avery was 35 years old
and commanding a North Carolina Brigade at Gettysburg. He was known to be a gentleman, chivalrous, and of noble bearing.
He was one of four sons, three of the four died in the Civil War, the remaining one was wounded. Avery was the grandson
of Waightstill Avery (1741–1821), a fiery American Revolutionary War hero On July 2nd, near
dusk, he was leading his brigade forward to take Cemetery Hill. He was mounted and during the advance he was struck in
the neck by a miniball and mortally wounded. His men did not see him fall. As he lay mortally wounded, he wrote his last
words on a piece of paper, "Major, tell my father that I died with my face to the enemy". The site where he
fell in is near the present day stadium for the Gettysburg Middle School, just northeast of the base of Cemetery Hill.
(Left) Colonel Samuel Spriggs Carroll commanded a brigade in Hancock's 2nd Corp at Gettysburg. His decendent
was Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. His brigade rushed to the crest of East Cemetery Hill
from the west side of the hill just in time to push back the "Louisiana Tigers" who had seized the crest
of East Cemetery Hill. While holding the crest there were still Union regiments of the 11th Corp holding portions
of the base of East Cemetery Hill. Brig. General Adelbert Ames of the 11th Corp sent a message to Col. Carrol asking to send
a regiment because "he had no confidence in his men". Col. Carrol sent a terse message back that stated only, "D*mn
a man who has no confidence in his men".
(Left) Colonel Harrison Jeffords of the 4th Michigan Infantry Regiment. Not long before the battle of Gettysburg,
the regiment had been given a new flag by the Ladies of Monroe Michigan. Col. Jeffords received the flag himself on behalf
of the regiment and swore to defend the flag with his life. The 4th Michigan was part of Sweitzer's Brigade of the Fifth
Corp. Late in the day on July 2nd, 1863, Sweitzer's Briagde was sent back into the Wheatfield for a second time to cover
the retreat of Caldwell's Division (Second Corp). By this time in the fighting in the Wheatfield, enough tension and
strain had built up that bayonets were being used. At one point during this late stage of the Wheatfield battle,
the new colors of the regiment fell to the ground. Col. Jeffords used his revolver on a Confederate soldier who went after
the colors. Immediately after recovering the colors, Col. Jeffords was wounded in the thigh and then bayoneted.
He would die the next day July 3, 1863. He was the highest ranking officer in the Civil War to die of a bayonet wound.
(left) Captain Henry V. Fuller, Co.F, 64th NY. Henry Fuller began the war as a private, but due to
courage and steadfastness in the regiment's earlier battles he was made an officer and eventually rose to rank of Captain.
He was 22 years old at Gettysburg. The 64th NY was part of Brooke's Brigade, Caldwell's Division, II Corp. When Brooke's brigade
swept the Wheatfield the 64th NY founf themselves atop the stony hill just in between Rose Farm and the Wheatfield. Eventually,
when the union position there began to be closed in on on three sides, Brooke's brigade fell back. As Fuller fell back through
Rose's Woods with his regiment he was wounded in the leg. Private George Whipple of his company stopped and helped support
his wounded captain to help carry him off the field. However soon after Fuller was struck in the back and the miniball exited
his shoulder. Fuller said to Whipple that his wound was mortal and to set him down. As the Confederates closed in behind them,
Capt. Fuller last words as he looked earnestly at the private were, "George...keep up good courage". Today a marker
in Rose's Woods marks the spot where Captain Henry V. Fuller fell.