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(1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
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Corporal Delos Harris 7th Michigan cavalry
Posted on: 9/1/2019 2:35:18 PM



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Phil Andrade
London
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Corporal Delos Harris 7th Michigan cavalry
Posted on: 9/1/2019 2:52:33 PM

Larry,

Strange that the newspaper ascribed to him the status of infantryman.

Regards, Phil
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
Posts: 856

Corporal Delos Harris 7th Michigan cavalry
Posted on: 9/1/2019 8:41:05 PM

Quote:
Larry,

Strange that the newspaper ascribed to him the status of infantryman.


Regards, Phil

He actually was in the 7th Michigan infantry. Another mistake on a headstone.

Delos W. Harris

Residence Jonesville MI; 21 years old.

Enlisted on 8/14/1861 at Jonesville, MI as a Private.

On 8/22/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. MI 7th Infantry
He died of wounds on 7/8/1863 at Gettysburg, PA
Wounded 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA (Wounded by a shell in left side)
Buried: Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA
Gravesite: MI-D-12
Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers 1861-65
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Phil Andrade
London
 UK
Posts: 4041

Corporal Delos Harris 7th Michigan cavalry
Posted on: 9/2/2019 3:52:07 AM

According to Busey’s citation, the poor fellow’s entire left lung was exposed : he must have endured agonies in those several days before he died. I wonder how far the newspaper report of his conduct, and his reconciliation to his fate, is a true depiction. Fatally stricken, he rejoices ...sweet to die on the battlefield ....like that ? Mind you, my twenty first century circumspection might easily cause me to overlook the genuine patriotic fervour and Christian faith that motivated people a century and a half ago.

I note that two thirds of all the regiment’s battle fatalities were suffered on Day Three.

I mention that because there is a tendency, I feel, for the bloody repulse of the PPT advance to dominate the narrative to the extent that the casualties suffered by the staunch yankee defenders are understated or overlooked.

Regards, Phil

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"Egad, sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox!" "That will depend, my Lord, on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress." Earl of Sandwich and John Wilkes

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