The Rock of Erin

July 3, 2012, 8:21 pm

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.[1]

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.

[1] Samuel P[enniman] Bates, History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5. (Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869), 703.


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