No power of the enemy could move the center and left of the [69th Pennsylvania] regiment, which clung to its position with unflinching tenacity, keeping up a deadly and unremitted fire, the men at times clubbing their muskets to beat back the foe, who seemed determined to cross the wall.
On this day in history, 149 years ago and perhaps a bit earlier than this post’s time, the high tide of the Confederacy crested–at least partly–on the Rock of Erin, and fell back.
The brave men, living and dead, indeed.
 Samuel P[enniman] Bates, History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5. (Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869), 703.