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When you think of charges at Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge (or the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge or Longstreet’s Assault, whichever you prefer) comes readily to mind. You might also think of Barksdale’s Charge or Farnsworth’s Charge. What about the 2ND Massachusetts and the 27TH Indiana’s daring foray? On July 3RD, after Confederates had taken over the breastworks previously occupied by Twelfth Corps troops and were holding their position with a vengeance, the men of the 2ND and 27TH were ordered to charge forward and chase the Rebels off. Col. Charles Mudge of the 2ND Massachusetts questioned the sanity of the order, but as a true patriot he abided by it, and off the men went. Great loss of life ensued.
PVT. LORING C. OLIVER
Co. K, 19TH Maine Infantry
Born 1827 --- Died July 11/17, 1863
Pvt. Oliver’s death left behind a wife Mercy and five children, Fannie (age 13), Lottie (age 7), “Leincta” (age 7), “Zitella” (age 5), and Lizzie (age 2). A sixth child, Everett, had been born in 1860 and died in 1862. Pvt. Oliver is buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery.
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