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The Story of the 69th Pennsylvania
"Irish Volunteers" and their
defense of the centre 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 Pennylvania "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 be remaining 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 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