Sep 26

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick is the host for this series on the Irish Brigade. He is standing near the southwest section of Rose’s Wheatfield. He is dressed in the uniform of a member of the 69th New York Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John J. Fitzpatrick, Jr., Esq. is host for a series on the Irish Brigade at Gettysburg. John’s interest in Gettysburg began in centennial year of 1963 when he arranged a trip to the Battlefield for the Villanova University Student History Club. That sparked a continuing interest in the American Civil War. Throughout his travels in the Service, work and some vacations he has been to Civil War sites coast to coast from Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California to the home, church and College of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in Brunswick, Maine. He is now entering upon his eighth year of Guiding at Gettysburg.

His professional career began in 1966 as a United States Marine Corps Officer, Tank Platoon Commander then Pilot. He served a combat tour of duty in Vietnam completing 140 missions in the A6 Intruder for which he was awarded 9 Air Medals and Vietnam Service Awards. Captain Fitzpatrick was Honorably Discharged from Active Duty in 1971 whereupon he entered law school. Upon graduation in 1974 he began a 32 year career as Corporate Counsel for Gulf Oil and Chevron Corporation retiring in 2006. He is a Member in good standing before the highest Courts in Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and California.

Contemporaneously with his first legal job, he transferred to the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and later the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served as an Active Reservist Pilot/Forward Air Controller/Squadron and Group Training Officer at the Willow Grove NAS, PA from 1974-1984. He was transferred to HQ USAF at the Pentagon in Legislative Liaison from 1985-1993 and finally as a JAG Officer reporting to the USAF TJAG and General Counsel from 1993-1997 based on his civilian expertise to assist the Air Force with its new Arbitration and Mediation Programs. Colonel Fitzpatrick received 3 Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal and other Awards before transferring to the Retired Reserve in 1997. He now divides his time amongst Guiding at Gettysburg, certain volunteer Veterans’ activities and serving as an Arbitrator in commercial, construction and securities cases.

John Fitzpatrick writes; “I appreciate the earlier related postings of my fellow Guides Rich Bellamy [Colonel Cross in the Wheatfield], the Editor of this Gettysburg Daily, Bobby Housch specifically for his postings of November 8 and 15, 2010 of the Weikert Lane [one of the most likely Avenues of Approach used by the Irish Brigade when it deployed to the Wheatfield in the late afternoon of July 2, 1863] and Dr. Rich Goedkoop’s posting of President Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Gettysburg. I also want to thank Licensed Battlefield Guides Rich Kohr for his posting on the Gettysburg Electric Railway and Ralph Siegel for sharing his expertise on the artillery fight at the Peach Orchard.”

“I also appreciate permission to use:
• New York’s Bravest, Painting by Don Troiani, www.historicalimagebank.com;
• Remember Ireland and Fontenoy, Painting by Rick Reeves, permission from Rick Reeves, rickreevesstudio.com;
• Pride of Erin, Painting by Dale Gallon, permission from Ms. Anne Gallon of Gallon Historical Art, Gettysburg, PA, www.Gallon.com;
• The Prince of Wales Flag courtesy of Erik Chipchase at mercenarygraphics.com. His e-mail address is echipchase@mercentary graphics.com..”

To contact John, please click here to reveal his email address.

In today’s Irish Brigade post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick shows how the typical uniform of a member of the Irish Brigade, and some of their equipment.

To see the previous Irish Brigade posts, click here.

Captain Fitzpatrick on the US Marine flight line, DaNang, Vietnam, March 1970, a US Air Force F-4 Phantom Fighter having just landed in the background.

This map shows the location of the Irish Brigade videos. Video #1-#15 were shown in our previous posts. Videos #16-#18 were taken near the southwest corner of Rose’s Wheatfield. This map was created facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Saturday September 23, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick demonstrates the position of “port arms.” Some of the visible equipment shows that he was a veteran of the Irish Brigade. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

In Video #16 (Videos #1-#15 were shown in our previous posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick shows different parts of the uniform of a member of the Irish Brigade. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick is carrying a Springfield .69 calibre musket. This weapon was carried by a majority of the units in the Irish Brigade. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

In Video #17 Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick shows us the .69 calibre musket and its “buck and ball” ammunition. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide John Fitzpatrick shows the position of “right shoulder shift.” This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
A closer view of the lockplate of the Springfield musket and of the United States breastplate on the strap holding his cartridge box. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
John Fitzpatrick is in the “ready” position to fire. Notice how his feet form a “T.” This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

In Video #18 John Fitzpatrick demonstrates some firing positions. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

John Fitzpatrick is in the ‘aim’ position of a soldier in the front rank of a typical two rank line of battle. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
For further information on the Irish Brigade, see The Greatest Brigade by Thomas J. Craughwell. This view was taken facing north at approximately 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

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