Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Liberty Day History Display from 2011--pt. 22

The Paper Soldiers
What’s the display? On Day 3 of Gettysburg, General Lee ordered General Pickett’s division to charge the Union lines. One of Pickett’s subordinates, General Armistead and his men broke through, but they were overwhelmed and wiped out by Colonel Webb’s Philadelphia Brigade. The board depicts Armistead at the farthest point through the Union lines, known as the “High-water mark of the Confederacy”.

  • How many paper soldiers are there? 361 men

Union: “Webb’s Philadelphia Brigade”--Total: 153

Confederate: “Armistead’s Brigade”--Total: 208

    • Who’s in charge on the board? General Lewis A. Armistead and Colonel Alexander S. Webb
    • What’s that clump of trees? Historians call it the “Clump of Trees”. General Lee used that to direct Pickett’s division to the charge.
    • Why is only one cannon firing? Lieutenant Cushing was out of ammunition.

The soldiers on the display are reduced 1/10 from their strength at Gettysburg; hence the 69th Pennsylvania had 324 men, and so on.


Paper soldiers found on

Designers: Nicolas Schneier, Ungern, Daniel Harper, Clive, Old Tyke, Jarrett Voight, John Gypson, Russell McCreight, and Michael Krein.

Numbers at Gettysburg: Jenny Goellnitz at

General Armistead led his brigade at Gettysburg with his hat on his sword

(soldier by W. Britains

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