CABINET CARD PHOTO OF 83RD PA INFANTRY MONUMENT AT GETTYSBURG

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This photograph shows the monument to the 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment is south of Gettysburg on the south side of Little Round Top near Sykes Avenue. It was dedicated in 1899 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The 83rd Pennsylvania was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Captain Orpheus S. Woodward while its colonel, Strong Vincent, was in command of the brigade.

On July 2nd, Vincent’s brigade was intercepted by a staff officer desperately seeking men to cover the vital position of Little Round Top. On his own responsibility Vincent diverted the brigade to hold the hill. When part of the 16th Michigan began to fall back under heavy pressure Vincent mounted a boulder to rally them, shouting, “Don’t give an inch!” The line held but Vincent fell, badly wounded. He was moved to a nearby farm where he died five days later.

Pennsylvania governing board rules prohibited placing the likeness of commanders on regimental monuments, so the statue atop the monument is not identified and, officially, could be any heroic officer of the regiment. But it looks very much like Strong Vincent.

The large format card and image remain in very good condition. "Tipton / Gettysburg, PA" appear in raised lettering on the front of the card under the image. Nothing on the back.  [jet] [ph:L]

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