Nov 5



This is Fox, the mascot of the 61st Ohio Infantry Regiment. This view was taken circa the 1860s.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is our host for a series on the Eleventh Army Corps during the Battle of Gettysburg. Stuart had two relatives in the Eleventh Corps (73rd Ohio Infantry Regiment) and both were killed/mortally wounded at Gettysburg. They are both buried in the National Cemetery. Stuart has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2004.

In in our first post, Stuart introduced himself and showed us some of the routes that the 11th Corps took as they approached the Gettysburg Battlefield.

In our second post he brought Major-General Howard to the Peach Orchard, and showed the route that two of Howard’s divisions took to get to Gettysburg.

In our third post he described the reasons Howard found Cemetery Hill and thought it was an important position. Howard also wanted to get a closer look at the fighting to the west and north of town. He moved into the town for that look.

In our fourth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey showed us the view from the top of the Fahnestock Building on an overcast day.

In our fifth post, Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey showed us that after his visit to the Fahnestock Building, Major-General Howard returned to Cemetery Hill and issued orders for other units to come to Gettysburg. Stuart also introduced us to the positioning of the Eleventh Corps on the fields north of town.

In our sixth post, Stuart gave some background about the men who made up the Eleventh Corps, and their desire to perform well after the Battle of Chancellorsville in May, 1863.

In our seventh post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey described command changes in the corps on July 1, 1863, and when the first units of the Eleventh Corps arrived on the field.

In our eighth post, Stuart Dempsey showed us the advance of four companies of the 45th New York Infantry Regiment towards the McClean Barn on July 1, 1863.

In the ninth post, Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey showed us the fighting around the McLean Farm and the position of monuments of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Eleventh Corps.

In our tenth post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey described the arrival of artillery on the Eleventh Corps line and the initial position of the Second Brigade of the Third Division of the Eleventh Corps.

In today’s post, Stuart Dempsey gives brief sketches of some Third Division units of the Eleventh Corps including the 74th Pennsylvania, the 61st Ohio, and Wheeler’s 13th New York Battery.



This map shows the location of where our Eleventh Corps at Gettysburg videos were produced. Videos #1-#34 were shown on other maps on our previous posts. Video #35 was taken by the monument to the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Video #36 was taken at the monument to the 61st Ohio Infantry. Video #37 was taken by the monument to Wheeler’s 13th New York Battery. This map was created facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Monday, November 2, 2009.



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide is standing by the monument to the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment on West Howard Avenue. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

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In Video #35 (Videos #1-#34 were shown in our previous Eleventh Corps posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing by the monument to the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. He provides some background on the unit. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2009.



Colonel Stephen Joseph McGroarty of the 61st Ohio Infantry Regiment was born in County Donegal, Ireland. His family emigrated to America in 1833, settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. McGroarty lost his arm at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, in July of 1864. This picture was taken circa 1864.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing near the monument to the 61st Ohio Infantry Regiment on West Howard Avenue. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

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In Video #36 Licensed Battlefield Guide Stuart Dempsey is standing near the monument to the 61st Ohio Infantry Regiment. He provides a brief sketch of the unit. This view was taken facing southeast to northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2009.



Stuart Dempsey is standing near the monument to Wheeler’s 13th New York Artillery. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

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In Video #37 Stuart Dempsey is standing by the monument to Wheeler’s 13th New York Artillery. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 28, 2009.



Lieutenant William Wheeler, of the 13th New York Battery. Following the Battle of Gettysburg, on October 12th, 1863, Wheeler was promoted to Captain. Wheeler was killed near Marietta, Georgia, in June of 1864. This picture was taken circa 1863.

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