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On June 26, 1863, while scouting the area around Gettysburg, Confederate cavalry came upon a small group of Union Troopers of the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry south of town. Private George Washington Sandoe fired at the Confederates, and they fired back. The Union trooper fell dead. Shown here with his wife, Diana, he was the first Union soldier killed at Gettysburg. Sandoe had been in the army for six days.
The photograph presents General George E. Pickett sitting in Confederate Uniform. General Pickett is famous for Pickett's Charge at the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, where his regiment charged a Union Entrenched Position across an open field. Most of his regiment was lost, but the charge goes down as one of the bravest and most heroic events of all history. 1860-65
The Reoccupation of the Rhineland, March 7, 1936: German cavalry enter the Rhineland following Hitler's decision to risk a French reaction that never came. Germany disbanded its mounted cavalry in 1941 but reintroduced it a year later to counter the guerrilla tactics of the Russian Cossacks. In addition, the horse remained the primary beast of burden of the German logistical effort until the end of the war.
Gen. Lewis "Lo" Armistead, killed at Pickett's charge at Gettysburg
John Burns, veteran of the War of 1812. On July 1, 1863 when the Battle of Gettysburg started in his back yard the 70 year old grabbed his musket and joined a Union regiment fighting the Confederates. He was wounded three times but survived. Passed away in 1879.
The John Pelham, West Point portrait c. 1858 by Matthew Brady. John Pelham, Major and Commander of the Stuart Horse Artillery in the Cavalry, ANV. He was killed in action at Kelly's Ford, March 17, 1863 at the age of 25. Robert E. Lee named him The Gallant Pelham for his courageous duty under fire at the battle of Fredericksburg.
Copy of official plan of Gettysburg. Pennsylvania, fought 1st, 2nd, 3rd July 1863. Map drawn by Robert Knox Sneden (1832-1918). Map attempts to show the locations of various units during each day of the battle. All major landmarks are indicated. Explore the map at zoom.it/kL2r
American Civil War: Leroy Hermance Hermance served in the 67th and 188th New York Volunteers. He wears the rare and unofficial color bearer insignia above his sergeant's strips. Hermance attended the 50th reunion at Gettysburg in 1913 and fell from the train returning to his home resulting in his death.