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(1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
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Posted on: 11/13/2019 6:26:20 AM

From the Pittsburgh Daily Commercial. November 13, 1863


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Phil Andrade
London
 UK
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Posted on: 11/13/2019 7:49:10 AM

You have to wonder, don’t you, at the way such girls would have been treated in other civil wars that have not displayed the restraint that was exercised in America ?

Regards, Phil
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Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan
MI USA
Posts: 5599

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Posted on: 11/13/2019 3:23:58 PM

Hi Larry,

I like how the girls referred to traitors in their area as "Vallandighams", after that traitor politician from Ohio!?

BTW I like how your posting CW articles all the time instead of just those near the Gettysburg Battle time-frame!

Keep up the good work!

Thanks,
MD
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
Posts: 880

Heroic women
Posted on: 11/14/2019 6:33:06 AM

Hi M.D. With winter here and shorter daylight hours I have time to browse a lot old newspapers for Gettysburg related articles.
Glad you're enjoying them.

Best regards, Larry
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Phil Andrade
London
 UK
Posts: 4106

Heroic women
Posted on: 11/14/2019 7:28:26 AM

Larry,

Searching for the elusive Louisianan Wellerford, I came across something that can be authenticated, and which combines the themes of poignant tales with that of heroic women.

Captain Louis A Cormier, 6th La Infantry, mortally wounded during the action at Cemetery Hill 2 July ....and knowing the wound to be mortal, he cultivated the attention of the local Gettysburg ladies, told them he knew he had only hours to live and requested their presence “ to see him die”. About 12PM 3 July, the ladies gathered and the captain told them of his mother and sister back home and each woman kissed him during his final moments.

What a remarkable story of tenderness and mutual regard in a war conspicuous for terrible bloodshed !

It’s one of the reasons that I like to study the American Civil War : the civilised, restrained and fundamentally decent conduct that prevailed. Other civil wars tend to be essentially atrocious. Mind you, I must not be complacent about the darker side of the story.....the geurilla warfare in the trans Mississippi , and the killing of black soldiers who were refused quarter, not to mention the fate of prisoners who were able to surrender.

But it’s stories like the one that I’ve cited that grip my imagination .

Source : Confederate Casualties at Gettysburg , John and Travis Busey, Volume 1, page 561.

Regards, Phil
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Sherri
Lexington
KY USA
Posts: 9

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Posted on: 11/14/2019 1:00:12 PM

I love the human interest side to the Battle of Gettysburg so the articles are always so nice to read. Thanks Larry for always sharing.
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
Posts: 880

Heroic women
Posted on: 11/16/2019 6:08:52 AM

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I love the human interest side to the Battle of Gettysburg so the articles are always so nice to read. Thanks Larry for always sharing.


Sherri, glad you enjoy these posts. Do you still go to Gettysburg?

Larry
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Brian Grafton
Victoria
BC Canada
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Posted on: 11/16/2019 8:21:44 PM

Oh my! what a wonderful, filtered, genteel recording of the bravery and honour of a couple of gutsy young women. And – not to denigrade them in any way – wouldn't it be nice to know their birth names, rather than just the birth name of their father.

I haven't jumped in here to naysay Larry's story, and I'm aware of how much naming depended on the patriarch. There is, nonetheless, something bizarre about two young heroic women who remain unnamed.

I'd love to have met these young women. They may have been innocent enough not to realize the physical danger they were in. But they were gutsy young innocents prepared to put their faith and belief to the test under pressure. Wonderful story!

Cheers
bg

PS: Sherri! Are you the Sherri I knew years ago on MHO? Good to see you commenting, and sorry to have lost track of you.

B
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Sherri
Lexington
KY USA
Posts: 9

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Posted on: 11/20/2019 9:40:11 AM

Yes, Larry, I still go to Gettysburg. It will always have a place in my heart. I love it there.

Brian, it is the Sherri from long ago. Glad to be back in touch with the board
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Michigan Dave
Muskegon, Michigan
MI USA
Posts: 5599

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Posted on: 11/20/2019 11:13:27 AM

Sherry,

I second that, good to hear from you again.

MD
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows
PA USA
Posts: 880

Heroic women
Posted on: 11/20/2019 2:42:21 PM

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Yes, Larry, I still go to Gettysburg. It will always have a place in my heart. I love it there.

Brian, it is the Sherri from long ago. Glad to be back in touch with the board



You still owe me a beer from a tour many years ago. The interest is piling up big time.

Larry
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