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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg    
Larry Purtell
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E-7 Sgt First Class

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Fate of a North Carolina soldier
Posted on: 8/23/2017 8:03:09 AM
From the Weekly State Journal, Raleigh North Carolina. July 22nd 1863.

M.M. Ward is actually Medicus M. Ward. A 23 year old mechanic from Warren County NC when he enlisted in company C, 12 NCT.
On 5/4/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. NC 12th Infantry
He was Killed on 9/19/1864 at Winchester, VA

He was wounded 6/27/1862 Gaines' Mill, VA

Returned 11/2/1862 (place not stated)

1st Sergt 5/1/1862
2nd Lieut 11/6/1862

"My goal is to live forever. So far, so good.

Rick Schaus
Capon Springs, WV, USA
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E-8 Master Sergeant

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Re: Fate of a North Carolina soldier
Posted on: 8/23/2017 2:45:51 PM
Interesting letter, Larry, thanks.

2LT Ward was pretty accurate in his view of the battle.

His account tells us that there were men in the ANV who saw Gettysburg as a victory despite their failure to “dislodge” the Yankees at Gettysburg.
And it was from a member of Iverson’s shattered brigade.

He also related his reasoning for the retreat.

And, Wright wasn’t the only one to refer to the Federal line as being on a ‘mountain’.
VR, Rick Schaus

"When things go wrong in your command, start searching for the reason in increasingly large circles around your own desk."
-- Gen. Bruce Clarke

morris crumley
Lawrenceville, GA, USA
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E-9 Sergeant Major
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Re: Fate of a North Carolina soldier
Posted on: 8/23/2017 7:33:21 PM
Always fascinating to hear a foot soldier give his account of the battle!
Thanks for posting Larry.

Respects, Morris

"You are a $70, red-wool, pure quill military genius, or the biggest damn fool in northern Mexico."

 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg    
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