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 (1863) Battle of Gettysburg
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Larry Purtell
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2/8/2021 3:26:02 PM
From the National Tribune, April 25, 1895. Good coverage of the 22nd N.Y.S. M. I have always felt the militia and emergency troops in the Gettysburg campaign get little coverage. This is a rather lengthy article so I will post in daily increments.

Colonel Lloyd Aspinawall. Commander of the 22nd N.Y.S.M.



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Larry Purtell
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Michigan Dave
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2/9/2021 1:12:48 PM
Hi Larry,

This has to be one of your easiest to read old news articles, the print, size, & clarity are great!

Well they certainly let you know where JEB Stewart was just before arriving at before heading for Gettysburg!
Before hearing of the big battle, he didn't seem to concerned? What say you??

Also where did Commanders usually insert the militias, or were they basically in supporting roles? Anyone? Did they play a big role in the battle??

Thanks,
MD
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Larry Purtell
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2/9/2021 1:34:19 PM
Only the 26th PA Emergency Militia saw action at at Gettysburg proper on June 26th and got the worst of it. Militia and emergency troops were mostly for guard duty and rear area functions and to free up regular troops from front line duty. However N.Y militia did see limited action act Sporting Hill and Oyster Point.
Their presence I'm sure made some civilians feel better just by being visible.

Larry
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Gregory C. White
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2/9/2021 2:02:18 PM
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Only the 26th PA Emergency Militia saw action at at Gettysburg proper on June 26th and got the worst of it.

Larry

They were entertained by Gordon's brigade of Georgians and White's 35th VA Cavalry on June 26th.

Greg
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Larry Purtell
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Michigan Dave
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2/13/2021 9:38:29 PM
Hi Larry,,

How much less training did Militias get then regular troops? Were Militias that much inferior to regulars as many historians portray??

Comments? Anyone?
MD
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2/15/2021 9:17:44 AM
Last installment.


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Larry Purtell
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2/16/2021 11:39:06 AM
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Hi Larry,,

How much less training did Militias get then regular troops? Were Militias that much inferior to regulars as many historians portray??

Comments? Anyone?
MD


Concerning the NY militia in the Gettysburg campaign Wilbur S. Nye wrote a great book, "Here Come the Rebels" that covers the advantages and disadvantages of militia/home guard units. Many of the NY militia units at Gettysburg had prior experience in 61 and 62 and many of the junior officers an enlisted men were fairly well trained. The major problem was the high command. Too old with no field experience. Have to look into Southern militia and home guards.
Larry.
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