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Arrival of the Sixth Corps! from “Sealed With Their Lives” by Tim Reese

“In the van came Franklin himself surrounded by staff and his personal escort of Rush’s Lancers, their blood-red pennons imparting a medieval air to the cavalcade.”


“Behind them marched Company D, 95th Pennsylvania – ‘Gosline’s Zouaves’ – in their capacity as headquarters guard.”


“Franklin never ventured all that close to Burkittsville. Upon reaching the intersection with the Middletown-Petersville road (Catholic Church Road), he chose the farmhouse of Martin T. Shafer for his headquarters, well over a mile from town. Aides were soon superintending the erection of tents and other general’s paraphernalia to the rear of Shafer’s house where an excellent though telescopic view of the town and gap was afforded. The Sixth Corps tramped on past this domestic scene spearheaded by Bartlett’s brigade. Much to Harley’s displeasure, the column was diverted across his impeccable front lawn, crossed a narrow wagon road (Wiener Drive), and descended into a broad swampy ravine watered by Burkitt’s Run and its tributaries.”


“Here the men were permitted to fall out while the corps closed up. Small fires were started beneath the trees and haversacks were opened for a noon-day meal. Here they were visible to Manly’s pesky guns and any Confederates lurking below Crampton’s Gap.”