CANTON - We did not know that we were making history at the time. We did realize the safety of the whole Union depended for a time upon holding our ground. We held it. Lieutenant William Park, at the age of 84, spoke those words about his captain and comrades in arms from the 9th Massachusetts Battery and the role they played at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Learn about the amazing courage of this unit when Scott Wilson, Civil War Artillery living historian and captain of the 11th New York Battery of Light Artillery reenactment unit, presents Sacrifice your battery, if necessary: Actions of the 9th Massachusetts Battery on the 2nd Day at Gettysburg at the Civil War Roundtable at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Louisville Historical Center, near the Louisville Community Center (Arena).
Please note this program is not at the usual Sunday afternoon meeting time. This Civil War Roundtable program is part of the SLCHAs Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which began in 1861.
Wilson will take a comprehensive look into the heroic action of the 9th Massachusetts Battery on the second day at Gettysburg, which was the units first taste of combat. In particular he will discuss the actions of Captain John Bigelow and Bugler Charles Reed, detailing how they prevented the Union lines from collapsing, which could have enabled the confederates to win the day and possibly the war.
Mr. Wilson lives in Louisville. He is captain of the 11th New York Battery of Light Artillery reenactment unit, the personal owner of a full-scale Civil War cannon and a frequent presenter at the St. Lawrence County Historical Associations Civil War Roundtable.