Washington A Vickers: Indian River Life Saving Station Keeper and Confederate soldier.


Jun 23, 2017
While on vacation in Bethany Beach DE, we visited the Indian River Life Saving Station. Its a great museum, and I highly recommend everyone checks it out if you are in the area. While there I learned about a long time keeper of the station, Washington A Vickers. It turns out he was wounded July 3rd at Gettysburg!


It doesn't say exactly where on the field he was wounded, but 2ND Maryland would be Culps hill if I am not mistaken. I hope you guys find these links interesting.

Tom Elmore

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Jan 16, 2015
Private Vickers of Company G, 2nd Maryland Battalion, received a "severe" gunshot wound in his left wrist at Gettysburg on July 3 and spent some time in various hospitals. In fact, as a result of his injuries he was detailed as a clerk at Chimborazo hospital in Richmond on April 14, 1864. He was born in Dorchester, Maryland in 1842, and in 1865 was noted as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with gray eyes and a dark complexion. He was a farmer when he enlisted on October 30 or 31, 1862. He was paroled on May 3, 1865 at Charlotte, NC. (Compiled Service Records, Fold3)

Given the date of his wound, he was more than likely wounded early in the charge across Pardee field around 10:30 a.m. The battalion was divided by the stone wall that skirted the northern end of the field, and Company G was the second company from the far left, so he would have been on the south side of the wall and moving parallel with it. He probably walked to the rear and was then transported back to Virginia in the wagon train of wounded, as confirmed by his arrival in Staunton.
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