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Recollection by C. Stuart Patterson of the Union defense of Carlisle, July 1, 1863

Shelling of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1863, zoomable image
C. Stuart Patterson was a member of the Philadelphia Battery raised in late June 1863 from among the elite of Philadelphia society as an emergency artillery unit, commanded by Major Henry D. Landis. Rushing to defend Harrisburg, the battery had seen limited action at the skirmish at Sporting Hill the day before and now comprised most of the heavy gun defenses of Carlisle as it was threatened by the arrival outside the town of General J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry on the evening of July 1, 1863. Patterson, a wealthy young Philadelphian serving in the battery's ranks and its only soldier wounded in the action, gave a detailed and often light-hearted account of the evening, up to the time he was hit and lost several fingers on his right hand, years later in a letter included in a history published in 1896 by General George W. Wingate. Wingate served as a sergeant in the New York militia unit that also defended the town. (By John Osborne)

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