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Red Diamonds in the Wheatfield

Red Diamonds in the Wheatfield
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Red Diamonds in the Wheatfield 
Gettysburg - July 2, 1863

While the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment commands the lion’s share of public awareness, it can be argued that another regiment from Maine also deserves recognition. As it became clear that the Confederate attack by General Longstreet’s First Corps was attacking from the southwest, the 17th Maine Infantry Regiment was moved to a low stone wall on the southern part of George Rose’s Wheatfield. For the next two hours, the regiment fought against elements of three Southern brigades. As they ran out of ammunition, the 17th Maine was finally ordered to pull back to the north end of the Wheatfield. Once there, Division Commander General David Birney ordered them to give one more effort to gain time for the arrival of Caldwell’s II Corps Division. They fixed bayonets and charged back down the slope of the Wheatfield, stalling the Confederate advance and allowing a Union battery (Winslow’s Battery D, 1st New York Light Artillery) to withdraw safely.     Here we see the scene about 45 minutes into the fight. Two Union regiments to the right of the 17th Maine had evacuated the Stony Hill and created a potentially fatal gap. In response, Lt. Colonel Charles Merrill thinned his line and moved 3 companies to the Virginia rail fence that cut diagonally across the base of the Wheatfield.  This refusal was done just in time to repel elements of the 8th Georgia Infantry Regiment, which had nearly outflanked the 17th Maine.

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