Friday, July 4, 2008

This Week In Guard History, 4 July 2008

July 2, 1863: Gettysburg, Pa. — On the second day of this titanic struggle, names of unknown places enter the history books for the ferocity of the combat they witness. Places like Culp's Hill, the Wheat Field, Little Round Top and Devil's Den become immortalized.

Despite Gen. Robert E. Lee's various attempts and the gallant efforts of his soldiers to achieve a breakthrough to exploit, none is achieved. After an all-day battle costing over 1,000 dead and three times as many wounded, the Confederates fail to wrestle Culp's Hill away from Union troops, some of whom are from Pennsylvania and are fighting on their home soil.

On the opposite side of the field, the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry arrives at Cemetery Ridge just in time to plug a gap left by retreating federal forces. Despite repeated Confederate attacks, the Minnesotans stand their ground, suffering one of the highest casualty rates of the war. Out of 262 men entering action that morning, only 47 remained uninjured by day's end.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can.

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