Archive for June, 2010

July 1st, 1863

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The following is from the a letter written by Henry Marsh,
Hospital Steward of the 19th: Dated August 3, 1914, of the actions of the color guard of the 19th Indiana Volunteers at Gettysburg, July 1st 1863.

Burlington Cunningham of Company K was the color bearer, made such because he had bravely rescued the flag in a charge at Antietam. In the morning, just before the charge on Archers brigade, a staff officer rode by and said “Do not unfurl the flag.” But when Cunningham saw the battle was forming, he said “Abe, pull the shuck,” and swung the flag to the breeze. In the first volley, a shower of bullets rained about the colors and Cunningham fell, shot in the left side and lay unconscious for hours where he fell. Someone said, Abe [A.J.Buckles], take the flag. The line pushed forward in capturing Archers men. The line passed Willoughby run some distance. Lt. Colonel Dudley, in words quite emphatic, said, “Come back with that flag!”

….when the regiment was ordered to fall back, someone said to
Capt. W.W. Macy “The flag is down” he answered “go and get it!”
The reply, with an oath, was “I won’t do it” Capt. Macy then ran
back and pulled a man from it [the flag] and caught up with the
regiment. He was being assisted by 2nd Lt. Crockett East of
Company K in putting the flag in the shuck when Lt. East was
shot dead, bearing the flag to the earth.

Capt. Macy was carrying the flag from the field when Sgt. Major
Asa Blancchard came up and demanded it. Macy, thinking that
Blanchard would act rashly said “No, Theres been men enough shot
with it” Blanchard appealed to the colonel who said to Macy,
let him have it.

As soon as Blanchard received it he tied the shuck around his
body, unfurled the flag and began waving it at the rebels,
crying out “Rally , boys!” At once he was shot in the groin, an
artery being cut. W.W. Jackson, who was next to him, said the
blood came out in a gush. Blanchard said, “Don’t stop for me.
Tell mother that I never faltered”.

His body was returned to Richmond Indiana for burial, wrapped in
the flag he so gallantly bore.

Important !!!!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Gentlemen:

Please be advised that the “3 Rivers Shootout,” scheduled for for July 9 thru 11, 2010, has been canceled due to lack of participation. All funds submitted by the teams involved will be returned. We look forward to rescheduling this skirmish at a future date.

Thank you all for your time and efforts in this endeavor. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Sincerely Yours,

David E. Willard
Skirmish Director
9th PA Infantry – C.V.G.

ASR “Backsliding at Centerburg”

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

It sure is no secret that we were less than crisp with all 3 firearms at Centerburg. Our medal count was 2, and those were 3rd place awards in A musket and carbine.  Not much needs to be said, lets just keep getting after it.

Kudos to Dave Collins for his shooting in his first musket match. Best first skirmish for a new member that I can ever remember witnessing.  Well done  Dave !!

Remember that we are going to have a work party at Fort Shenandoah the week between the Allegheny regional and the Vets. Tom Robey will be our destruction / construction foreman and if we get the work done by Wednesday, perhaps we can take a battlefield road trip.

Ernie has posted an updated financial report and participation rosters on our webpage. Please take a moment to review the participation rosters and get Ernie posted on any changes.

I will leave you with one final thought, from the late John Wooden, a great Hoosier,  legendary coach and a wonderful man, and teacher.

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
John Wooden

See many of you at Batesville. Remember there is no food service available at the range this year, so bring rations !

Philo