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As a man in the 12th Alabama wrote, “we were into it hot and heavy. I thought I had been in hot places before— I thought I had heard Minnie ball; but that day capped the climax.” Once in position the Alabamians stubbornly kept up a steady fire of their own, but they could not advance any farther.

It was at the lower part of the hill, where the Yankees did not have the advantage of being behind breastworks, that Allegheny Johnson believed he had the best hope of breaking through and turning in behind Culp’s Hill defenders. The Federals here were the balance of Geary’s brigage, the Pennsylvania brigade of Thomas L. Kane, and two regiments of Charles Candy’s brigade. General Geary followed Greene’s example and rotated regiments to keep his battle lines fresh and fast-firing. Over the morning his line would be reinforced by a miscellany— men from Harry Lockwood’s brigade, a brigade from the Sixth Corps, even a pair of regiments from the First Corps. The latter were the 147th New York and 84th New York (or 14th Brooklyn, as its men preferred to be called), and their brief engagement gave them the distinction of being the only Union regiments to fight on all three days at Gettysburg.
—from Stephen W. Sears, Gettysburg (2003)

Caz “Red Legged Devil” Dolowicz, born on Sands Street in 1923, has published three volumes of poetry under the pen name “Gary Owen.” He never met his father but family legend says he was a Zouave and a shanty Irish drunk from Red Hook.

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