Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
Using an image a little perfect for the thread, an enlarged snip from an LoC photo. Two ladies are crossing Chambersburg Pike, in front of Elias Shead's house, Gettysburg. Oak Ridge Seminary is elsewhere, this was the Shead's family home. Principal of the school, Carrie famously hid 97th New York's Lt. Col Wheelock's sword after a demand by a Confederate officer Wheelock surrender it. Reclaimed later, the story made Sheads a national heroine. We had several more of the same ilk but who listens to Rufus Dawes?
It's a mere mention in Dawe's report, but as notable. WHO were they?
Dawes' battle within the battle, at the Railroad Cut has been told and re-told a thousand times since July 1863. His succinct account is priceless.
Sergeant William Evans, 6th Wisconsin Co. I probably knew the names of these ladies- if we had the whole story Carrie and Wheelock would share space in legend with ' some ladies of the town '.
6th Wisconsin, no idea if this is the same flag- some were so shredded through the war they had to be retired while a new flag took its place. This is from Pinterest although you can find it elsewhere.
GAR flag? Hatcher's Run was only a few months before Appomatox, last battle emblazoned on this flag. And there's Gettysburg, ' some ladies ' behind the story of 6th Wisconsin's history there.
Apologies @pamc153PA , feel free to move this to the Gettysburg forum! We ladies need all the help we can get getting ourselves noticed, swiped this for Ladies Tea.