Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The 14th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment-- Part 2

After mustering into service Oct. 21, 1862, they mainly did duty around Washington, D.C.'s defenses.On June 25, 1863, the Vermont Brigade was assigned to I Corps and ordered to form the rear guard as the Army of the Potomac pursued Confederates under Robert E. Lee into Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.

On the morning of July 1st, the regiment left Westminister, Maryland and after a forced march, arrived at Gettysburg after dark.  On the afternoon of the 2nd, they did a double-quick ma5ch to rescue an artillery battery under attack of A.P. Hill. 

The next day, Private Myron A. Clark was killed in the morning at Culp's Hill and the regiment evidently was pulled from the Army of the Potomac's right flank to bolster the forces at teh center in what eventually became Pickett;s Charge.

According to Wikipedia, they played a pivotal role in the repulse of Pickett's Charge.

More to Come.  --Old Secesh


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