Sacrifice of the 1st Minnesota

Sacrifice of the 1st Minnesota (HMA9U)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 48.4', W 77° 14.105'

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July 2, 1863 - Second Day

"Every man realized in an instant what that order meant - death or wounds to us all, the sacrifice of a regiment to gain a few minutes' time..."
Lieut. William Lochren, U.S.A.
1st Minnesota Infantry

Late on the afternoon of July 2, after the collapse of the Union line at the Peach Orchard, Confederate infantry in front of you threatened to pour through a gap in the Union line here. When Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, commander of the Union Second Corps, rode up to assess the situation, only one regiment was at hand to stop the Confederate tide - the 1st Minnesota.

"My God, are these all the men we have here?" Hancock asked. It was, but they would have to do. "Charge those lines!" shouted Hancock, and immediately the lone regiment swept down the slope "double quick." With levelled bayonets, the Minnesotans crashed into Brig. Gen. Cadmus M. Wilcox's Alabamians who outnumbered them 4-to-1.

The charge broke the Confedereate ranks and stalled the Southerners long enough for Union reinforcements, but at a terrific cost. According to a regimental officer, of the 262 Minnesotans in the charge, only 47 escaped death or injury.
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Placed ByGettysburg National Military Park
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:52pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308668 N 4408689
Decimal Degrees39.80666667, -77.23508333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.4', W 77° 14.105'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 24.00" N, 77° 14' 6.30" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8316 Hancock Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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