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UNION HERO OF GETTYSBURG, GEN. SICKLES,
WRITES HIS OWN STORY OF GREAT BATTLE
(Here is Gen. Dan Sickles' own story of the part he played in the de
cisive battle of the war.
The fiftieth anniversary of that battle is to be celebrated at Gettys
burg next week by the reunited union and confederate veterans, and the
leading figure at the reunion will be Gen. Sickles himself, on crutches, 93
years old, the only surviving general who fought on that bloody field.
There he will tell his old comrades, as here he tells Day Book readers,
of the gallant peach orchard fight in which he lost his leg, of his remark
able talk with President Lincoln afterward, and of his friendly adventures
laler in Atlanta with his old Gettysburg enemy, Gen. Longstreet.)
BY MAJ.-GEN. DANIEL E. SICKLES
Copyright, 1913, by The Newspaper EnterprisasAssociation.
. The semi-centennial ceremonies of the battle of Gettysburg appeal with
compelling power to me because of the part which Fate decreed that I
should play in the great conflict, because I left my leg on that bloody field
and because I am the only general of either side who has been spared
through the 50 years that have intervened.
All the others, of both the northern and southern armies, have gone.
I alone, at the age of 93, remain.
I have been asked by the editor of The Day Book to tell how I lost my
leg at Gettysburg, and I am happy to
comply, and I will also tell how I lost
my head at Atlanta thanks to Gen.
Long'street and hot Irish whisky
I never knew what sort of missile
hit me, but the surgeons believed it
was a fragment of a shell.
I was struck about 6 o'clock in
the evening of July 2, after having
taken my advanced position in the
Peach Orchard and having fought for
hours with the command of Gen.
Longstreet opposite me on the con
federate side, to prevent the enemy
taking the Round Tops which were
just to my left. I was mounted on a
fine black stallion and was standing
under an apple tree when the missile,
flying alongside my horse, struck my
It wa&a terrible wound, and pained
me intensely, but it did not knock
me from my horse or make me lose
consciousness, nor did it touch my
horse. I dismounted by myself and
was helped on a litter by my aides.
The report flew up and down my
lines that I had been killed and offi
cers, came running to get the facts.
Gen. Sickles Today.
They reported that my men were
panic-stricken, so I directed my aides
to carry me the whole length of my
lines, that my soldiers might see me.
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