@MBuehner After he assumed command of the brigade, Wofford never filed an after action report for any engagement that I know of. Too bad too. I'm sure that a lot of credit that should have been given his brigade, never was - not just at Gettysburg, but also at Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, etc.Does anybody have information on what Wofford's instructions were before the brigade stepped off? I'm pretty sure he didnt file an after action report.
Interestingly, Wofford's brigade seemed to have a tendency to drift to the right. Besides Gettysburg, it also happened at Chancellorsville and Cedar Creek. And before, when he was commanding Hood's brigade at Sharpsburg. Still, as you mentioned, Longstreet was right there with Wofford..... so you would think if it was not as intended, he would have made the correction.I'm curious if his right turn into the wheat field was a question of battlefield exigence, if he was ordered to bail out Kershaw, or if he was preemptively ordered to turn right and finish off Caldwell and seize the wheat field.
Ahhhh. Good point Tom. I think MBuehner was talking about early in the attack, as they stepped off - there was some confusion about whether they should angle to the left to support Barksdale or go straight (which is what they did) aligned on the Wheatfield road. So in this case - straight being opposite of angling left toward Barksdale's flank?Captain James Lemon of the 18th Georgia indicates the brigade actually inclined to the left after dispatching Sweitzer's regiments in the Wheatfield. They were drawn in that direction by Walcott's battery, just north of the Wheatfield road, which they captured temporarily.
There is a Wofford letter of August 14, 1863 that mentions several Union flags captured by the brigade on July 2.
Look what I just found.1st Lieutenant Milton A. Brown of Company E, Cobb's Legion wrote a letter to the editor of the Southern Confederacy, published on July 20, in which he claims Cobb's Legion actually captured two colors, one of them belonging to the 11th U.S. Infantry.
The latter taking from the belt of the enemy's Color Bearer his pistol. Killing him and Two others- In this hand to hand fight
I wish I could figure out who Private Ovrtn of Co L Phillips Legion is. There's a Pvt Simon W Overton, age 18, and a Pvt. Thomas J Overton, but both are listed in Co A and neither has a card indicating his name was added to the Roll of Honor.You just keep on finding good stuff don’t you Laura. Great work!!!!
1st Lieutenant Milton A. Brown of Company E, Cobb's Legion wrote a letter to the editor of the Southern Confederacy, published on July 20, in which he claims Cobb's Legion actually captured two colors, one of them belonging to the 11th U.S. Infantry.
From the same file. The above letter from Wofford is page 7-8. This one, directed to Col R H Chilton, AAGenl, is page 3 of Confederate Letters, Feb - Sept 1863, G M Sorrell.
Head Quarters 1st Army Corps
Near Orange CH Sept 2. 1863
By direction of Lieutenant General Longstreet I have the honor to forward herewith two United States Regimental Standards and a guidon, captured at Gettysburg Pa July 2nd 1863. A report of the circumstances attending their capture is also transmitted herewith.
I am Genl, veryrespy
G. M. Sorrell
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And this is page 2, but I havent figured out what it says.
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At the bottom, I can decipher "Col Withers to be placed on Roll of Merit"
(the) gallantry displayed (by) the soldiers named in the written report would appear to come within the provisions of the acts entitling them to promotion for the "exhibition of valour & skill."(the) gallantry displayed (by) the soldiers named in the written report would appear to come within the provisions of the acts entitling them to promotion for the exhibition of valour & skill. ... I do not perceive there are any vacancies to ---- at present ... of gallantry may be appropriate ...
I'll take a look at Georgia's rosters later and see what I can come up with.Bumping this thread a day late. Casualties, as reported, for Wofford's brigade at Gettysburg. This newspaper list is incomplete. A careful comparison of casualty figures reported vs. actual data from carded records indicates that casualties in the brigade may be under reported by 10-25%. For example, for the 16th GA, casualties were reported as K-14; W-58; M-33 = 105 TOTAL. But carded records reveal K-12; MW-13; W-50; W&C-19; C-39; M-1 = 134 TOTAL which translates into an under reporting of casualties by about 22%.
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[The Savannah Republican. (Savannah, Ga.), August 07, 1863, page 1.
Yep. Ive been working on that.I just did a quick scan of the 16th Georgia's records and just let me say, "Yikes". Out of 6 companies, I had only 1 man wounded with about 2 dozen each killed and captured. The 16th's roster is severely lacking necessary information. There are far too many "killed in battle" and "wounded" with no further data.
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