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June 16, 2020          Death seemed to be holding a carnival”: Rhode Island at Gettysburg

 LBG  Rob Abbott

Rhode Island is frequently marginalized in the larger Gettysburg narrative. We frequently drive past the 2d RI in reserve on Munshower Hill and assume Rhode Island to be only minor participants. The Ocean State has an infantry regiment and five artillery batteries involved in the battle.  Three of these five artillery batteries, Arnold, Brown and Bucklyn are in the thick of the heaviest fighting.   As we dig a bit deeper, be prepared for the profound impact that this small State’s leaders and men had on the battle.