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Confederates and members of 91st PA on Little Round Top

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by pamc153PA, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. pamc153PA

    pamc153PA Captain Forum Host

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    I thought this Mumper pucture, circa 1892, was interesting for the fact that both the 91st men and Confederates are there together. Also, if you blow this up, some of the men look pretty interesting, what they are wearing and what they are doing. The second to last man on the right is Lt. Colonel Joseph Sinex of the 91st PA.
     
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    Here is an account of the 91st PA on Little Round Top:

    At two P. M. the brigade was ordered to move at double-quick to Little Round Top, to the relief of a part of the Third Corps, which had been hard pressed and was being driven.

    "Our brigade," says Colonel Sellers, " marched up one side of Little Round Top, as the rebels charged up the other, and was thrown into line to meet them. Our regiment was ordered at the same time to move at double-quick to the right, to support Battery I, of the Fifth United States, but had barely got to the place when we were about-faced and marched back to Little Round Top, and thrown into line in front of Battery D, of the Fifth United States, at once opening a brisk fire on the enemy's sharpshooters, who were occupying the Devil's Den and the rocks around us, and were busily at work picking off our men upon the least exposure. General Weed was here killed, as was also Captain Haslett, who commanded the battery which we were supporting. During the night the men were busy in building stone walls for their protection." There was little fighting on the 3d, in the immediate front of the regiment. On the morning of the 4th the skirmish line advanced and captured some prisoners, passing over the enemy's breast-works and coming up with his rear-guard, when the skirmishers retired. The loss in the engagement was two officers and ninetee, men.
    At four o'clock on the afternoon of the 5th the regiment left Little Round Top, and marched to Marsh Creek, where it encamped. Leaving the direct line of retreat taken by the enemy, the corps proceeded by Utica, Middletown, and Boonsboro, and crossing Antietam Creek was formed in line of battle on the morning of the 11th, driving in the rebel skirmishers. On the 12th the line again advanced and threw up breast-works. During the 13th a heavy fire was kept up with good effect, and at night the enemy retreated across the river. On the following morning the line advanced to Williamsport, taking some prisoners.


    This is a good, very detailed history of the 91st in the war.

    http://www.pa-roots.com/pacw/infantry/91st/91storg.html
     
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    The plaque of the 91st PA on the PA Memorial.

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    The large monument is actually the second monument got the 91st PA on LRT. The first is now known as the Hazlett-Weed monument.

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    The big man leaning on the monument is Lt. Col. Joseph Sinex. Note the different position of the first monument in the older photo, about where the large monument us now.
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    Thanks for posting this interesting information and for the link....
    Modern-day accounts of many of the major battles often stop at the end of the combat. I find it most interesting to follow the units to learn what they did in the days afterward. Unit histories written during the combatants lifetimes are especially useful in this pursuit.
     
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    Interesting, great photo's, thanks for posting.
     
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    Good pictures, great story and thanks for the link. I love the pictures of the old veterans at the battlefields.
     
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    Lt. Colonel Sinex would be wounded at Spotsylvania on May 12th and his war would end in July 1864 when he was discharged along with the rest of his regiment.

    Ryan
     
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