In obedience to Orders, I
have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the 44th
Georgia, Company C under the command of Captain Clark J. Van Buskirk in the
field on November 15:
Under orders to gather under the Sycamore tree on Baltimore Street, witness to Abraham Lincolnís procession prior to delivery of his Gettysburg Address, also witness to the Union retreat through the town the afternoon of July 1st, the Confederate attack on East Cemetery Hill the evening of July 2nd, and constant skirmishing between both armies on all three days of the battle of Gettysburg.
Captain Clark J. Van
Buskirk and Lady
As the Noon hour approached
the Company filtered into
Whilst awaiting orders to
march the spirits of
Private Gerry Mayers was spotted on the Avenue during the day, just prior to the long hill leading up to Cemetery Ridge.
On the journey following the parade we ran across a small contingent of Louisiana Tigers in a field east of Emmitsburg Pike, recognizing them as having been previous members of the 44th. We exchanged handshakes and greetings after which they departed to take position as sharpshooters in the attic of a home in town.
As dusk approached the
Company formed up on
Captain Van Buskirk and Ord. Sgt. Runner spoke words of historical reference, thanks and praise, and Chaplain Haywood delivered prayers to carry us through our journey into winter quarters.
Sun having set, the 44th
began their trips home, to reunite once again in the fields of Virginia to
defend southern soil, exercising our rights to bear arms.
I remain, very respectfully,
Corporal and Correspondent Jim Marshall
44th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Co. C.
The Johnson Guard