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by William James Satterlee. This is an account of Thomas McConnell Kuhn, grandfather of Kay Kuhn Satterlee, and Solomon Ellsworth McManigle, grandfather of William James Satterlee, as they were engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2-3, 1863

Our Grandpas at Gettysburg:

5th Corps

5th Corps

Thomas McConnell Kuhn
Company D, 62nd Regiment Infantry
Assigned: 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps
Battle of the Wheatfield
Gettysburg, July 2nd & 3rd, 1863

3rd Corps

3rd Corps

Solomon Ellsworth McManigle
Company B, 105th Regiment Infantry, (The Wildcat Regiment)
Assigned: 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 3rd Corps
Battle of Peach Orchard
 Gettysburg, July 2nd & 3rd, 1863

34 Star US Flag 1863

A 34 Star Union Flag would have been flown over Gettysburg at the time of the battle

By the time our grandfathers arrived at the Gettysburg Battlefield they were seasoned veterans of war. Grandpa Kuhn’s regiment had been in nine major battles while Grandpa Mcmanigle’s regiment had been in eleven. Each regiment had been in many minor skirmishes that are reported only as footnotes in their reports.

The reason that this narration is being presented is to provide their descendants with a brief idea of part of the gene pool that has created us. If our Grandfathers could survive the adversity that was ever present in the Civil war, each of us can dig a little deeper to overcome whatever hurts, disappointments or illnesses come our way. It is our personal hope that each time our decedents look upon the red stripes of our National Flag, they will think of Grandpa’s blood, and that of the thousands of other men that fell there, soaking that hallowed ground.