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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2019 12:44 p.m. PST

"The one who writes the history is oftentimes the one who receives the glory. This is especially true in military history. Those who survive the battle are able to tell their story known to the public. In some cases, those who die in battle can either be relegated to obscurity or their achievements are underrated because there is no one to tell their story. The Colonel of the 140th New York at the Battle of Gettysburg was one whose story is relatively unknown.

The town of Gettysburg had grown in size and importance once the railroad had come to town. Gettysburg was a crossroads town and after the war had begun, supplies had moved through this bustling Pennsylvania town. In the waning days of June 1863 both armies began to move toward Gettysburg. The town was about to move into immortality and hold a place forever in American history.

Although the armies would leave the town of Gettysburg, those three days in July remain. Today the entire town and surrounding area of Gettysburg focus on the battle. Bookstores and tourist shops are filled with books, souvenirs, and pictures. A very common picture is the downhill charge of Colonel Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine. The town's most popular sites on the battlefield are Little Round Top and Picket's charge. Colonel Chamberlain is credited as the hero of the battle for Little Round Top and for saving the Union Army. On the western slope of Little Round, overshadowed by a huge monument to New York is a small monument with a relief sculpture of Colonel Patrick O'Rorke of the 140th New York….."
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Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2019 3:52 p.m. PST

I almost gave up reading it when he stated the 20th Maine was on both ends of Vincent's line. He did get it right shortly after that stating the 16th Michigan was on the right. If I were to try and make a claim for O'Rorke's bravery based on this article I would be hard pressed. It is a confused and poorly written narrative….

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2019 6:32 p.m. PST

I agree bad article, but if you go through the timeline of events it does makes some scents.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2019 11:23 a.m. PST



SaxonOfSaxony13 Jan 2019 5:38 p.m. PST

140th are the local regiment where I live, working on a diorama for a small local museum right now of Company G arriving to the 16ths right flank during the battle. Article is a little sketchy but glad more are hearing about the 140th

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Jan 2019 12:08 p.m. PST

"Old Golden Nose" as his men called him :)


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2019 11:23 a.m. PST



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