July 1st, 1863

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.

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