There were quite a few regiments that distinguished themselves on Little Round Top during the late afternoon of July 2nd, and the 140th New York was one of these. Fate brought them to the rocky hill; they weren’t even supposed to fight here, but word came that extra troops were needed. The units holding Little Round Top were caving and the 16th Michigan Infantry was being overrun by Southerners struggling up the hill from the Plum Run valley. So the 140th New York was sent forth, much to their detriment . . . and glory.
It didn’t take much to realize that the Union position on Little Round Top was in serious trouble. The 140th saw that just holding their ground wasn’t enough. They had to cut off the threat at the source. So, at the behest of their colonel, the brave Patrick O’Rorke, they charged the hill, came to the aid of the 16th Michigan and other struggling regiments, and helped push back the Confederates. Colonel O’Rorke was one of the dead. Today he is immortalized in the 140th’s monument, which sits high on the crest of Little Round Top next to the “castle” dedicated to the 12th and 44th New York Infantry.
LT. DAYTON T. CARD
Co. H, 108th New York Infantry
Born July 22, 1838 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 24
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