Monday, July 1, 2013

Forced March to Gettysburg

Wednesday, July 1, 1863

After leaving Thoroughfare Gap early on June 25 and crossing the Potomac River at Edward’s Ferry a day later the Twenty Seventh Connecticut Regiment marched rapidly for the next three days through the Monocacy River Valley in Maryland. Long, grueling marches from Poolesville to Uniontown brought praise from brigade commander Colonel John Brooke. Today the Twenty-Seventh reached Taneytown, several miles south of Gettysburg. Heavy fighting had commenced earlier in the day and the men received news of the death of First Corps Commander General John Reynolds. Second Corps Commander General Winfield S. Hancock hurried his men to within three miles of Gettysburg. The Twenty Seventh Connecticut was immediately deployed to build entrenchments in preparation for battle. 1

1Winthrop Dudley Sheldon The "Twenty-Seventh," : A Regimental History (New Haven, Connecticut: Morris and Benham, 1866), 73-74.

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