In the midst of a Civil War battle
reenactment held in the town of
Danville, Pennsylvania on the
afternoon of July 20, 2002, our
comrade and dear friend
Corporal Joe Rumley collapsed
on the field and was shortly
afterward pronounced dead.
Joe was loved by all who knew
him, respected by all who served
with him and will always be
remembered by his comrades in
the 69th Pa "Irish Volunteers".
At the start of Joe's final battle,
a soldier in our line screamed in
fear and ran to the rear. Corporal
Rumley calmly turned and shot
him down as he ran. Joe's
message was clear, "do your
duty and never divide our ranks".