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  •  Sgt Philip Hamlin (16+ / 0-)

    died at Gettysburg serving with the MN 1st.

    The MN 1st was all but wiped out at Gettysburg.

    His next younger brother died later at Nashville serving with the MN 7th.

    They were my great-grandfather's much older brothers.

    From The Story of Company F, James Wright; MHS

    The First Minnesota was not involved in heavy fighting at Chancellorsville but at Gettysburg Hamlin's company had all they could handle. On the evening of July 2 Company F was detached from the regiment and placed in a hallow to stretch out the defensive line. Here they were in a position to fire on two Confederate brigades and suffered five casualties. They watched with apprehension as one of the brigades headed for the regiment and soon heard terrible gunfire from that direction. Lt Ball was beside himself with worry and decided to send Pvt Almeron Davis to see how the regiment fared. He did not come back so the Lt sent 1st Sgt Hamlin, who he knew would return. When he did he brought the melancholy news that he found Capt Messick in charge of a handful of men with the rest laying on the field or being helped to the hospitals.
    The next morning Company F rejoined the regiment and began to build a barricade, anticipating a frontal attack. Sure enough, at one o'clock a terrific barrage began which was followed by an assault by the cream of the Confederate army, 14,000 strong. This was Pickett's charge. Philip waited with the others for the rebels to come into range and when they did the entire regiment fired as one man. This visably staggered the rebel line in front of them and the survivors drifted to the left. Philip and the rest of his comrades did not wait for orders but bolted left as well to confront the enemy in the open. The flag of the First Minnesota was in the forefront of this movement. and Philip was close at hand. Here, in the open the flag went down and moments later Philip was hit in the neck, leg and chest and died instantly.

    God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

    by JayRaye on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 04:16:00 PM PDT

    •  The Minnesota 1st... (2+ / 0-)
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      JayRaye, onanthebarbarian

      Is a story that should be known to everyone.

      "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

      by Notthemayor on Tue Jul 02, 2013 at 11:52:54 PM PDT

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      •  Those MN boys must have been (2+ / 0-)
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        JayRaye, Notthemayor

        nothing but trouble makers. 8^) Did ja know they also fired the first American shots of WWII at 7AM December 7, 1941 at a japanese mini sub just out sied of the enterance to Pearl Harbor.  One of the guns from the USS Ward, crewed mostly by MN volunteers, is on the capital gounds in St. Paul.

        “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

        by markdd on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 02:07:34 PM PDT

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