Saving the colors…

Posted on April 13, 2011 by


The heat and vapor became stifling in the fort, yet the exhausted garrison kept the old flag flying. Eight times its staff had been hit without serious injury; but at near 2 P.M. that day the staff was shot off near the peak, and, with the flag, fell among the gleaming cinders. Lieutenant Hall rescued the precious bunting before it took fire.

Lt. Hall; later colonel of the 7th Michigan Infantry, and a brigade commander. At Gettysburg his brigade was in the Union center, and participated in the repulse of Wright's Georgia Brigade on July 2, and Pickett's Division on July 3.