Thursday, August 4, 2011

Liberty Day History Display from 2011--pt. 23

For our history display, we created a flat board with paper soldiers to represent Pickett's Charge on Day 3 of the battle of Gettysburg. However, even Pickett's Charge would be too large, so we focused on General Armistead's division breaching Union lines and being forced back by General Webb and his division. 10 different regiments (5 Union and 5 Confederate) were represented on the board, each reduced by a factor of 10; thus, the 69th had 320 men at Gettysburg, etc.:
  • 69th Pennsylvania: Strength: 32, Regiment Type: Irish. The 69th held the Confederates at bay in its sector of the line
  • 71st Pennsylvania: Strength: 33, Regiment Type: Regular. Most of the 71st ran for it when the Confederates arrived
  • 72nd Pennsylvania: Strength: 45, Regiment Type: Zouave. The 72nd held the line until New York reinforcements came up
  • 106th Pennsylvania: Strength: 33, Regiment Type: Regular. "You can withdraw your batteries when that regiment [106th] runs away" General Howard to Major Osborn
  • 4th U.S. Artillery, Battery A: Strength: 8, Regiment Type: Artillery. Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing commanded Battery A. He was killed during Pickett's Charge.
  • 9th Virginia: Strength: 32, Regiment Type: Regular. Only two officers and 37 men of the 9th surrendered at Appomattox
  • 14th Virginia: Strength: 42, Regiment Type: Regular. The 14th was recruited in May 1861, making it the oldest regiment in Armistead's Brigade
  • 38th Virginia: Strength: 40, Regiment Type: Regular. The 38th's colonel was named Powhatan Whittle
  • 53rd Virginia: Strength: 44, Regiment Type: Regular. The 53rd was formed in December 1861, making it the newest regiment in Armistead's Brigade
  • 57th Virginia: Strength: 48, Regiment Type: Regular. The 57th was General Armistead's own regiment

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