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Who was the aide de camp sent by General Reynolds to report to General Meade concerning the situation at Gettysburg the morning of July 1 with the admonition to "don't spare your horse, never mind if you kill him."

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Captain Stephen Minot Weld Jr. [Gen. Meade named him Weed, probably he mistook him for Stephen Hinsdale Weed, who was killed defending Little Round Top]

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Gettysburg: The Meade-Sickles Controversy /by Richard A. Sauers


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The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command/by Edwin B. Coddington



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The life and letters of George Gordon Meade, chapter 5, page 35
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:2001.05.0134:chapter=5&force=y





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Who was the aide de camp sent by General Reynolds to report to General Meade concerning the situation at Gettysburg the morning of July 1 with the admonition to "don't spare your horse, never mind if you kill him."

credit: @hughes
Stephen Minot Weld!

Edit - Correct, AThompson. Welcome to the trivia game and to CivilWarTalk.

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Who was the aide de camp sent by General Reynolds to report to General Meade concerning the situation at Gettysburg the morning of July 1 with the admonition to "don't spare your horse, never mind if you kill him."

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Captain Stephen M. Weed (some sources say "Weld").
Source: George Gordon Meade, The life and letters of George Gordon Meade, major-general United States Army. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913), Vol. II, pp. 35-36. ("Captain Stephen M. Weed").
Source: Richard A. Sauers, Gettysburg: The Meade- Sickles Controversy. (Washington, DC: Brassey's, Inc, 2003), p. 17. ("Capt. Stephen M. Weld").
 

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Captain Stephen Weld carried the verbal message to Meade to the effect that the enemy was advancing on Gettysburg and that Reynolds was concerned that they would get to the high ground south of town. Nevertheless, Reynolds said he was committed to fighting inch by inch and to barricade the streets to hold them off as long as he could. By the time the message was delivered, which Meade was pleased to receive, Reynolds was dead.
 
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Captain Stephen Minot Weld, Jr. Weld arrived at army headquarters around 11:20 A.M. (apparently without killing his horse) and delivered Reynolds message to Meade. Meade at first seemed much disturbed by Reynolds' message, but after hearing it repeated, exclaimed, "Good !" That is just like Reynolds; he will hold on to the bitter end."

As an aside, actress Tuesday Weld is Captain Weld's great-granddaughter.

Source: Gettysburg: The Meade-Sickles Controversy https://books.google.com/books?id=vzreoadB1GoC&pg=PT36&lpg=PT36&dq=%22don%27t+spare+your+horse,+never+mind+if+you+kill+him.%22&source=bl&ots=dMuj_62fXI&sig=ACfU3U2k4DtxZxXzRzstSqW88i2M7AmpVA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi7nci0uLLvAhWIX80KHYVvBF8Q6AEwAHoECAUQAw#v=onepage&q=%22don't%20spare%20your%20horse%2C%20never%20mind%20if%20you%20kill%20him.%22&f=false
 
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