Edward L. Thomas and his brigade of Georgians

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lelliott19

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Laura, this is a very significant source detailing the role of the 35th Georgia on July 2.
Thanks Tom. I thought you might have some comments on it when you had a chance to read it. :D Certainly seems to shed some new light on their position on day 2? I had no idea about that discrepenciy in the number of prisoners taken from Posey by the 12th New Jersey but if the 35th and other regiments of Thomas' brigade were down there, maybe that's the answer as to where those prisoners came from? I hope you'll let us know if the number captured from the 35th GA and other regiments of Thomas' brigade corroborate the theory?

I sure hope @xlsteve sees this thread soon.
 

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Thanks Tom. I thought you might have some comments on it when you had a chance to read it. :D Certainly seems to shed some new light on their position on day 2? I had no idea about that discrepenciy in the number of prisoners taken from Posey by the 12th New Jersey but if the 35th and other regiments of Thomas' brigade were down there, maybe that's the answer as to where those prisoners came from? I hope you'll let us know if the number captured from the 35th GA and other regiments of Thomas' brigade corroborate the theory?

I sure hope @xlsteve sees this thread soon.
From Busey and Martin's Regimental Strengths and Losses at Gettysburg, page 293:

Thomas' Brigade: 1326 battle strength, 264 casualties (34 killed, 127 wounded, 103 missing/captured)
Field and Staff: 4, 0 casualties
14th Georgia: 331 battle strength, 44 casualties (6 killed, 27 wounded, 11 missing/captured)
35th Georgia: 331 battle strength, 90 casualties (11 killed, 37 wounded, 42 missing/captured)
45th Georgia: 331 battle strength, 45 casualties (5 killed, 32 wounded, 8 missing/captured)
49th Georgia: 329 battle strength, 85 casualties (12 killed, 31 wounded, 42 missing/captured)

In contrast, Posey's Brigade (which was in the area of the Bliss Farm) lost only 17 men missing/captured.

Ryan
 

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As you can see below, I overlayed my map with Google's modern Earth view and it lines up pretty well. So, I'm not sure what you mean about it being wrong about the position of Long Lane. However, it does appear that the map's position of the Bliss buildings is slightly east of where they actually were, but not far enough to be relevant to the discussion.

By the way, I was inspired during one visit to walk along the historic Long Lane and did experience the Stevens Run, sinking marsh, wetlands and ticks! I even scaled a fence and almost fell into the muck.:unsure:
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By your map overlay it appears to me that it’s sad that the housing market has taken over the Battlefield!

Thanks for sharing this awesome article and photos. Enjoyed reading this article.
 
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Thomas' Brigade: 1326 battle strength, 264 casualties (34 killed, 127 wounded, 103 missing/captured)
Field and Staff: 4, 0 casualties
14th Georgia: 331 battle strength, 44 casualties (6 killed, 27 wounded, 11 missing/captured)
35th Georgia: 331 battle strength, 90 casualties (11 killed, 37 wounded, 42 missing/captured)
45th Georgia: 331 battle strength, 45 casualties (5 killed, 32 wounded, 8 missing/captured)
49th Georgia: 329 battle strength, 85 casualties (12 killed, 31 wounded, 42 missing/captured)
I haven't located a newspaper report of the casualties in the 35th Georgia, but I did find ones from the 14th, 45th, and 49th GA forwarded from Hagerstown on July 8 to the newspaper back home.
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Weekly Constitutionalist. (Augusta, Ga.), August 05, 1863, page 2, column 5.
Here's a link to the newspaper article, which lists the names of each man and the nature of his wounds. I recorded the numbers just as they are reported in the article. Those who were listed as mortally wounded are recorded in the Wounded column; those who were identified as wounded and captured are recorded in the Captured/missing column. https://gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/lccn/sn87090503/1863-08-05/ed-1/seq-2/
 
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