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The Fish hook &

The Battle of Gettysburg...

Symbolism:   The shield is the shoulder patch of the 3rd Division, the bend and bendlets are from the arms of Champagne.  The canton indicates the parentage of the regiment.  The fishhook and Star are from the coat of arms of the 5th Field Artillery; the union battle line of Gettysburg was in the shape of a fishhook and the corps badge of Slocum’s 12th Corps was a star.  Read more from the Pentagon

During the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg, the Union line was laid out in a defensive formation resembling a fishhook (commonly known as General Slocum's line of defense - the ranking general on the field).

One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War was fought in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 1-3, 1863. General Robert E. Lee came face to face with a Union army led by General George Meade. On July 3, Lee sent three divisions, about 15,000 men in all, against the Union. This oval-shaped map by Theodore Ditterline depicts troops and artillery positions along with roads, railways, and houses with names of residents. The Library of Congress has one of the finest collections of Civil War printed maps and the foremost collection of Confederate field maps, numbering more than 2,300.

View an excellent Flash multimedia presentation on the unfolding of the Battle of Gettysburg.



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