The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge

The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge

The original “Bucktails” were the 13th Pennsylvania Reserves Regiment (42nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment). They were so named because of the regiment’s custom of having each man wear on his hat the tail of a deer he had shot. The Bucktails were said to be all superior marksmen, and during the first year of the war they distinguished themselves as skirmishers and sharpshooters.

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The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge Part 1
At the beginning of the war, most of this brigade’s time had been spent within the fortifications of Washington, D.C. Their most important contribution to the Battle of Gettysburg occurred on McPherson’s Ridge on July 1, 1863.
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The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge Part 2
In today’s post, Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows how the 149th and 150th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiments reformed on the western arm of McPherson’s Ridge to face Brockenbrough’s Virginia Brigade.
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The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge Part 3
In today’s post, Rich Kohr shows us how the McPherson Barn was attacked, some rock carvings, and revisits the story of the flags of the 149th Pennsylvania.
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The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge Part 4
In today’s post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr describes how the State colors of the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry were captured on July 1, 1863.
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The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge Part 5
In today’s Bucktail post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr describes how the National colors of the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry were captured, presents the story of Benjamin Crippen of the 143rd Pennsylvania, and shows the final Bucktail, Seminary Ridge positions on July 1, 1863.
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The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge Part 6
In today’s post on the Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge, we leave McPherson’s Ridge to show where some of the Bucktails retreated on Seminary Ridge, and through the town.
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The Bucktails on McPherson’s Ridge Part 7
In today’s final Bucktail post, Rich Kohr shows us the bas relief on the Pennsylvania Monument, the Bucktails’ positions on and near Cemetery Ridge, and some Bucktail photographs in the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center.
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