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Click here to Read very moving letter from O.C. Brown of the 44th NY to Lt. Dunham's father concerning his death at Gettysburg.

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(above) Monument of the 44th NY Regiment on Little Round Top.

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Click here for a larger, close up photo of the Thomas brothers.

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 (right) Photo of the actual note written by Col. Isaac Avery as he lay on the field at Gettysburg and is currently in the North Carolina state archives.  

Click here for a close up view of the note of Colonel Issac Avery's last words

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Click here to see the marker in Rose's Woods where Captain Henry V. Fuller fell.

 (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.  

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(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.

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 (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.