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If you haven’t read the story of the 2ND Massachusetts Infantry at Gettysburg, I encourage you to check it out. Basically, the 2ND was commanded to attack Confederate lines beyond Spangler’s Spring, to which Col. Charles Mudge said “it’s murder, but it’s the order.” These brave men knew the futility of their proposed charge, but refusing to do their duty was not an option. They charged forward through Spangler meadow, and many died that afternoon. This photo shows much of their route, from McAllister’s Woods in the background to the small grove of trees that can be seen at far left.
PVT. LEWIS WICKER
Co. G, 26TH North Carolina Infantry
Born bet. 1828-31 --- Died July 01, 1863
Pvt. Wicker enlisted in June 1861 and made it two years through the war before being mortally wounded at Herbst/Reynold’s/McPherson’s Woods at Gettysburg. His death left behind a wife Rebecca with children Isabella (age 12), Rosanna (age 10), William (age 7), Benjamin (age 5), and Lafayette (age 3). Pvt. Wicker is buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
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