Thursday, September 5, 2013

The 11th NC's Colonel Collett Leventhorpe-- Part 3: Wounded and Captured

On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Col. Leventhorpe led 617 into battle against the Iron Brigade (I live close to US Highway 12 here in Illinois which is called the "Iron Brigade Highway" and has signage.)

He was seriously wounded at McPherson's Ridge.

The Iron Brigade and the 11th NC poured volley after volley into each other at just 20 paces. "During the attack, due to his size, nearly 6'6" and known to be erect and stately in bearing, he was a conspicuous figure towering over his fellow soldiers like Saul."

He was hit by several minie balls which splintered his arm and shattered his hip.

That ended his time on the front for the rest of the battle. He was captured during the retreat from Gettysburg.

And, He Was Right There in the Thick of the Fighting. --Old Secesh

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