Today, July 1, 2013, marks the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg. This battle involved the largest number of casualties of any battle in the Civil War and is often described as the turning-point of the War. Over 165,000 soldiers met on the field of battle. From July 1 – 3, 1863, 8000 were killed, 27,000 were wounded, and 11,000 were listed as captured or missing. This Battle remains important to us today as it has shaped the nature of the United States, and as Abraham Lincoln said in his remarks at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, better known as the Gettysburg Address:
…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.
Among those who fought at Gettysburg were 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. They joined many of our Satterlee ancestors who were involved in the Civil War. As you remember and honor their sacrifice and contributions, you may wish to read Our Grandpas Civil War by William J. Satterlee. Our Grandpas Civil War is an account of the events as experienced by Thomas McConnell Kuhn and Solomon Ellsworth McManigle at the Battle of Gettysburg.