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Fought with the Union Army on the first day of Gettysburg, wounded too. Died at the age of 78 in 1872.
there’s something about this picture that speaks volumes
I saw a lecture somewhere that talked about this photo. It was taken a couple weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg at his home in the town itself. The original film negative has a resolution so crisp that you can see that the black dots that litter the wall behind him are actually flies. There were millions of flies that feasted on the remains of men and horses that littered the ~20 mi^(2) battlefield. Hundreds of thousands of flies could come out of a single corpse so I imagine it was unbearable
edit: found the link here
He does not look like a man you would want to mess with. Also consider: per other comments in the thread, he was 78 in 1872 and apparently this picture was taken in 1863, so 69 in this shot. He looks amazing for a 69 year old in the mid 1800’s !
Poor guy. He went to Veracruz Port on 1812 just to be eaten alive by mosquitos. Woodrow Wilson’s poor judgment to send troops to México, only granted him criticism since many of those soldiers had already had their share in the Civil War and the Spanish War. The Mexican affair was nothing good internacional talks couldn’t resolve.
When this American was done with the Brits and the Mexicans there was no one left to fight…so he fought other Americans.
Was his rank Major Badass?