14th Brooklyn Gettysburg Document    

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This piece captures the 14th Brooklyn, the famed unit who suffered heavy casualties at Gettysburg, during a key moment in history. With this document is pictured a limited edition canvas giclee hand signed by the incredibly renowned artist Keith Rocco. Called “The 14th Brooklyn Advancing across the Chambersburg pike” The painting shows the 14th New York Zouaves firing their muskets. They are clad in their baggy red pants and red piped Zouave jackets. A certificate of authenticity will accompany this art.About the document: The document is written in ink, in fine condition and a great item for the “Red-legged Devils” or Gettysburg collector. This is an amazing document and very important as it is an actual report detailing the arms lost on July 1st, 1863 on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg for Company K in the 14th Brooklyn. Any collector or history buff would be proud to display this beautiful and unique piece of history on their wall.Overall size of framed piece is 26 X 22. All comes beautifully and professionally custom framed, air tight, using only museum quality materials i.e. acid free matboard and backing, ultra-violet protection glass, etc. The frame is made with high quality, beautifully finished mahogany wood. Ready for your wall!1 14th brooklynDocument Reads:14th Regt. N.Y.SM. Rappahannock StationSeptember 11th, 63Sir,I have to report the following list of arms as lost in action by the members of my company July 1st, 1863.In hands of killed and left on the field -1″ ” wounded -3″ ” those captured by the enemy -5None captured from the enemy W.F. Twibill Capt. 14th Regt. N.Y.S.M. Commdg. “K” Compy.This piece would be an excellent addition to your Civil War collection. About the 14th Brooklyn:At Gettysburg, the 14th Brooklyn, led by Colonel Edward B. Fowler, marched in the early morning to reach the battlefield. As the 14th was moving toward the town, “the men pushed forward along the Emmitsburg Turnpike. Upon reaching a point about two miles from Gettysburg … they suddenly beheld a panorama of the hills and valleys … spread out before them. At the same instant the sound of artillery fire was borne to them on the morning wind. … It looked like serious work ahead …” – C.V. Tevis, regimental historian The 14th fell back, re-aligned with the 95th New York near and parallel to the Chambersburg Pike, and lay down for several minutes. Then, as recalled in the regiment’s history, “[a]t the Colonel’s command they rushed forward with a cheer. There was an ascent of about three feet at the pike. As the troops … reached this little eminence, they were met with a murderous hail of musket bullets. The balls came so thick and fast that the whirring noise they made sounded like the steady rhythm of machinery. For just an instant … the line wavered … and then, with another cheer … the men rushed on.” Fierce hand-to-hand fighting ensued as the Red-legged Devils engaged Davis’ Confederates at the railroad cut. The Brooklynites, together with the 6th Wisconsin and the 95th New York, trapped the Rebels in the railroad cut; more than 200 Confederates were captured there, along with the battle flag of the 2nd Mississippi. Later, as other Union regiments retreated from McPherson’s Ridge in the face of unrelenting pressure, the 14th Brooklyn once again found itself under heavy fire as it covered the withdrawal. During the Battle of Gettysburg, the 14th Brooklyn lost 13 killed, 105 wounded, and 99 missing out of 318 men engaged. This sixty-eight percent loss rate places the 14th among the top twenty Union regiments to suffer fifty percent or greater casualties at the battle. The regiment incurred most of its losses during the fighting along the Emmitsburg Turnpike and at the railroad cut. Their sacrifice at this critical time in the opening of the battle bought time for Union reinforcements to arrive and secure the ground.

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