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Friday, January 25, 2013

January 25, 2013

95th New York on the left, 6th Wisconsin on the right
The famous western “Iron Brigade” was not fated to march off entirely together at Gettysburg; while the 2nd and 7th Wisconsin, the 19th Indiana, and the 24th Michigan battled first Archer’s Tennesseans and then later North Carolinians under Gen. James J. Pettigrew, the 6th Wisconsin had a different mission to fulfill. These rugged men were posted alongside what is now known as the Railroad Cut on McPherson’s Ridge, attempting to drive away Joseph Davis’ Mississippians. It must have been a daunting moment when they realized that they alone of their brigade were given this task while the rest of their comrades entered mortal combat in McPherson’s Woods. But they were not about to stain their valorous reputation.

In 1996, when a Civil War soldier’s remains were found near this location, some speculated that the man might have belonged to the 6th Wisconsin. Unfortunately this is never been determined, and just as many believe him to be a Mississippian. Today the 6th Wisconsin’s monument, as well as that of the 95th New York, can be found to the right of the Railroad Cut.



Co. G, 32nd Massachusetts Infantry

Died July 02, 1863

Very little information seems to exist about Pvt. Healey though it is known he worked as a laborer before the war, setting up shop in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He is buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery.

(c) 2013 Skies of Blue and Gray

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