On (To) Wisconsin!

by Phil Spaugy


As part of the Kenosha, Wisconsin Civil War Museums “Salute To Freedom”   event to be held the weekend of June 10th through the 12th 2016, I am honored to be giving the following  presentations on the “Iron Brigade of the West:”

Friday, June 10, 2016; Noon
The 19th Indiana Color Guard at Gettysburg

The 19th Indiana fought alongside the other four regiments of the Iron Brigade at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, losing 72 percent of those engaged. This talk encompasses both the morning and afternoon phases of the action with an emphasis on telling the stories of the men of the 19th who carried the regimental colors on that fateful day. We will also discuss the process of bringing the story of Sergeant Major Asa Blanchard to life in Don Troiani’s print “The Black Hats.”


“The Black Hats” – by Don Troiani.

Saturday, June 11th, 2016; 1pmThe Fight at the Barricade – “Here We Made Our Last And Hopeless Stand”

This presentation will cover the “Last Stand” of the Iron Brigade at the “Barricade of Rails” just west of the Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. This final act bought critical time – 20 minutes – that arguably saved not only the Army of the Potomac but also the Federal Union. We will also discuss the Seminary Ridge Museum’s mission to preserve the historical location of the “Barricade” along with interpreting the crucial fighting on July 1st, 1863.

The 19th Indiana at the actual location of the “Barricade of Rails” – July 2015

I hope to see many of my friends. old and new during what promises to be a great weekend celebration of the famed “Iron Brigade of the West!”