The only known actual photo of Sallie - photo posted by Glorybound
Sallie was a brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier and served as the mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. When she was 4 weeks old she was given to a first lieutenant of the regiment when they were in training at the fairgrounds in West Chester, Pa. Sallie grew up with the men and followed them on marches and into battle.
Sallie knew the drum roll announcing reveille and was first out of quarters to attend roll call. At dress parade she took a position beside the regimental colors. When the regiment was encamped she slept by the Captain's tent after she patrolled the area.
At her first battle, Sallie remained with the colors. She did this at Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. When the unit was at Gettysburg she got separated from them. She was found by the medical detail comforting her wounded friends and guarding the bodies of her dead compatriots.
In the Spring of 1863 at the review of the Union Army by President Lincoln, Sallie marched alongside the 11th Pennsylvania. It was reported that President Lincoln raised his stovepipe hat as she went by.
In Feb.1865, Sallie was struck by a bullet at the Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia. She was buried on the battlefield by her loving friends. For her devotion to her men, Sallie is memorialized at the 11th Pennsylvania monument at Gettysburg.
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