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 Posted: Wed Nov 8th, 2006 03:33 am
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Hi Regina,

There was a small Federal force from Sickles's Third Corps in that area in the late morning of 2 July. Four companies of the 1st US Sharpshooters and the 3rd Maine (maybe 300 men in total) moved west of the Emmitsburg Road, then north toward Spangler's Woods around noon. There they ran into the 8th, 10th and 11th Alabama of Wilcox's brigade, who pushed them back toward the Peach Orchard in relatively short order. Both the sharpshooters and the Maine men were acting as skirmishers in front of Sickles's main position along the Emmitsburg Road when McLaws's division attacked later that afternoon.

On 3 July both the sharpshooters and 3rd Maine were in reserve behind Sixth Corps troops along the southern end of Cemetary Ridge, and moved north to support the Second Corps (after the Pickett/Pettigrew/Trimble assault).

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