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The Story of the 69th Pennsylvania
"Irish Volunteers" and their defense of
the center of the union line at Gettysburg
on July 3, 1863.
A minute by minute account of the
fight that stopped Pickett's Charge. You
will meet all 292 members of the 69th Pa
regiment and learn their fate. 150 pages,
25 maps and photos.
They came from the Irish neighborhoods of
Philadelphia. At the bottom of the social strata,
they were the day laborers, the dock workers
the canal diggers, always "last hired-first fired".
In 1861, at the start of the Civil War, several
Philadelphia Irish neighborhood militia
companies joined together to volunteer their
services to the Union army and would
eventually become the 69th Pennsylvania "Irish
Volunteers". Their services were not always
welcomed by many at the start of the war.
From 1861 to 1865 these men would fight
in every major battle with the Army of the
Potomac. Of the 1007 who left Philadelphia
in September 1861 only 56 would remain at
Appomattox Courthouse. All the rest were
killed, wounded, taken prisoner, discharged,
deserted or died of disease. In those four
years, the regiment would be in the thick of the
fighting at Savage Station, Glendale, Antietam,
Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor
and the Petersburg siege. But at Gettysburg, on
July 3rd 1863 they would find their place in
history.They would hold the centre of the union
line as Pickett's Division attacked. They would
hold the wall and drive back the Virginians.
At The Wall July 3, 1863
At The Wall - Today