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Tango0110 Aug 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

Was this one…?

"Eighty-one percent.

That was the casualty rate of Winona's Company K of the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry regiment at the battle of Gettysburg, with 25 of the 31 soldiers in the battle killed or wounded.

Many of those casualties happened 150 years ago today, when the Union line faltered on the second day of the battle. The regiment was ordered on a suicide charge of the Confederate lines in order to buy the Union forces precious minutes to regroup…"
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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2017 2:49 p.m. PST

yes that would be the one Id picked

John Miller Inactive Member10 Aug 2017 3:25 p.m. PST

"The most important charge at Gettysburg?" Just an opinion of course, and not to diminish in any way the most gallant charge of the 1st. Minn., but I believe there could be several actions that fit that description. John Miller

gamershs10 Aug 2017 9:28 p.m. PST

On the 3rd day of battle Stuart with about 4 brigades of cavalry was supposed to circle around the Union lines and attack the Union center from the rear and meet up with Picket attacking from the front cutting the Union army. In a series of cavalry battles with Custer leading the 1st Michigan Cavalry (initially outnumbered about 10 to 1) Stuart was stopped.

donlowry11 Aug 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

On the 3rd day of battle Stuart with about 4 brigades of cavalry was supposed to circle around the Union lines and attack the Union center from the rear and meet up with Picket …

That's someone's theory, but it's more likely that he was trying to gain a position from which he could pursue a retreat from Cemetery Hill, and/or interdict the Baltimore Pike.

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