HENRY F. WEAVER
To maintain his control of Little Round Top and bolster his increasingly beleaguered left, Meade was forced to rely on reinforcements tapped from his right which had remained unengaged for most of the day. The 155th Pennsylvania went into action at Little Round Top and fought elements of the Texas Brigade. Corporal Henry E Weaver of Company B of the 155th Pennsylvania suffered a wound that day and lost his foot. He went on to serve as a notary public, auditor, and secretary of financial institutions in Pittsburgh. This short work originally entitled, At Gettysburg—Under Front and Rear Fire was taken from Under the Maltese Cross.
Weed's Brigade, Sykes' Division, Fifth Corps, and the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, arrived on the field at Gettysburg early on the morning of July 2nd, somewhere near Culp's Hill, on the right of the Union line. Except to shift from one position to another, we did nothing for several hours. The order announcing that General George G. Meade had taken charge of the Army of the Potomac was read to the troops while in line of battle in the woods, with skirmishers thrown out. While I do not think that any more impressive or patriotic order could be read to any troops on the eve of battle and the assumption of command by a new General, I confess that I was disappointed when the order was signed George G. Meade and not George B. McClellan, but Providence directed otherwise.
We remained in this position for some time, the men making coffee— many of them bathing in the creek. So the hours passed pleasantly away. The command had rested and taken short naps at halts. It was ominously quiet along our front, the quietness being broken only by some desultory infantry and artillery firing, doubtless both armies being occupied in getting ready to renew the contest.
About 4 P.M., the report of a solitary cannon was heard away over to
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Publication information: Book title: War on Two Fronts:Shiloh to Gettysburg. Contributors: John Cannan - Editor. Publisher: Combined Books. Place of publication: Conshohocken, PA. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 383.
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