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 Elizabeth Van Buskirk arrived advance of the Company and bivouacked in the vicinity of artillery ridge.

As the Noon hour approached the Company filtered into Alumni Park, expanding their numbers to  approximately 16. Ordinance Sgt. Marty Runner fell in as a staff member with the 5th Regiment and conducted his duties admirably.

Whilst awaiting orders to march the spirits of Gettysburg overtook Corporal Ringel. Sergeant Doran was assigned to watch over Billy as the 44th joined the procession towards Middle Street. As the contingent proceeded along Baltimore Street we were joined in the march by the rejuvenated Corporal and Sergeant, continuing our pursuit of the Union troops, under the leadership of Colonel Duffy Miller. We were enthusiastically greeted  by the throngs along the route, encouraged by Sergeant Major Barry Langely and Sergeant Sasor, who led the cheers, chants and rebel yells announcing the presence of the 44TH GEORGIA.

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 Howard Avenue, site of the fierce 1st Day fighting participated in by our true personalities.

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 Runner spoke  words of historical reference, thanks and praise, and Chaplain Haywood delivered prayers to carry us through our journey into winter quarters.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