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Sallie, Mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers
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Posted on 06/23/2012 5:18:40 PM PDT by PaulZe

It was during the first month of training in 1861 for the new 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Regiment when a stranger from town brought to the captain a puppy, barely four to five weeks old, and presented it to the regiment. She was a pug-nosed brindle bull terrier that soon won the admiration of all the men in the unit. She was cute, and the men named her after one of the local beauties in West Chester, PA, the site of training.

In the weeks and months that followed, Sallie could count on the hundreds of uniformed men to play with her, give her some petting, and scraps of food. Thus Sallie became the mascot of the 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

The little dog quickly developed a personality of her own. She was said to be even-tempered and very affectionate towards all the men of the regiment. It is said that there were only three things Sallie had a distaste for, Rebels, Democrats and women.

Sallie got to know the drum roll for reveille and was always the first out of quarters to attend roll call. During drills, she would latch onto a particular soldier and prance alongside him during the exercises. At dress parade, she would station herself right alongside the regimental colors. Sallie would frequently sleep by the captain's tent after strolling through the camp on an inspection of her own.

Sallie's first battle came at Cedar Mountain in 1862. She steadfastly remained with the colors throughout the entire engagement. She did the same at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. No one ever thought of sending Sallie to the rear in time of combat. She was the regiment's spirit and its inspiration. During all battles she would race around the front line and bark ferociously at the enemy.

In a spring 1863 review of the Union army, Sallie marched alongside the 11th Pennsylvania. A tall man in the center of the reviewing stand saw the dog. With a twinkle in his eye, he raised his stovepipe hat in salute. Thus did Abraham Lincoln give a special acknowledgment to the mascot.

On the first day's fighting at Gettysburg, the 11th Pennsylvania was driven back from Oak Ridge and into town. During the chaos, Sallie became lost and three days later was found by a member of the 12th Mass. at the original position of her regiment when fighting broke out. Sallie had found her way back and was standing guard over the bodies of her dead compatriots. Neither hunger nor thirst swayed Sallie from her duty.

That following May at Spotsylvania, Sallie received a neck wound during the battle and proudly bore a "red badge of courage". On February 6, 1865, the 11th Pennsylvania made a concerted attack upon the rebel lines at Hatcher's Run. As always, Sallie was right at the end of the first line of attack. Men in the second wave were advancing under heavy fire and came upon the body of Sallie. She had been shot through the head and killed instantly. Under horrendous fire, the weeping men of the 11th Pennsylvania buried the little dog where she lay on the battlefield.

In 1890, the surviving members of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry dedicated a monument on Oak Ridge of the Gettysburg Battlefield. There, looking out over the fields in the direction from which the rebels came, stands a vigilant bronze soldier, high atop a marble pedestal. The monument is dedicated to all those of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry who fought and died at that great battle.

But, there is something else on that monument that many do not see unless they get out of their car and walk around to the front.

At the base of the statue is a bronze likeness of a little dog. It is Sallie ... keeping watch through eternity over the spirits of her boys, just as she did so many years ago during all of the battles they shared. A dog so loyal and full of love for her men that they insisted she be remembered on 'their' monument, for all time.


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: civilwar; gettysburg; godsgravesglyphs; greatestpresident; monuments; pennsylvania; sourcetitlenoturl; thecivilwar
I visited Gettysburg yesterday and came upon the monument to the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers. The veterans when designing their monument thought so highly of their mascot that they included her in the design. I hope you enjoy her story.
1 posted on 06/23/2012 5:18:54 PM PDT by PaulZe
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To: PaulZe

And if you happen upon Sallie be sure to leave her a dog biscuit there next to her. She’s earned it.


2 posted on 06/23/2012 5:22:13 PM PDT by JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain
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To: PaulZe

B. Hussein sez, “That’s a waste of a good lunch.”


3 posted on 06/23/2012 5:28:48 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama doesnÂ’t have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: PaulZe

Great post!


4 posted on 06/23/2012 6:05:35 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: PaulZe

Great post!


5 posted on 06/23/2012 6:05:44 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: PaulZe

Great post!


6 posted on 06/23/2012 6:05:44 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Oops


7 posted on 06/23/2012 6:07:51 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (Let's get the hell rid of Zero)
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To: PaulZe; Joe 6-pack
It is said that there were only three things Sallie had a distaste for, Rebels, Democrats and women.

Two out of three ain't bad.

8 posted on 06/23/2012 7:46:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF! ,/b>

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

9 posted on 06/23/2012 7:49:55 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: PaulZe
My pup at Devil's Den...

...and at the NY Irish Brigade monument...


10 posted on 06/23/2012 8:02:22 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Slings and Arrows

*One* out of three ain’t bad.


11 posted on 06/23/2012 10:04:10 PM PDT by Salamander (I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name.)
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To: Salamander

She WAS fighting on the other side. Bit of a survival characteristic, I expect.


12 posted on 06/23/2012 10:12:38 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Humph.

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13 posted on 06/23/2012 10:16:54 PM PDT by Salamander (I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name.)
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To: PaulZe

Sallie made my screen all blurry...


14 posted on 06/24/2012 5:43:44 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: PaulZe

Thank you for this post.....I love reading about interesting, little known bits of history......and ones that tug at my heart strings.....


15 posted on 06/26/2012 4:00:49 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Whoa! Gorgeous dog, Joe! Malinois?


16 posted on 06/26/2012 4:55:23 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: KGeorge

Thanks...he’s a Tervuren, which is simply a Malinois in need of a haircut :-)


17 posted on 06/26/2012 5:00:09 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I wonder what the handsome lad was thinking about up there in the Devil’s Den. If I could, I would press my warmest kiss straight between those sweet, silken ears.


18 posted on 06/26/2012 8:01:35 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: PaulZe

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks PaulZe.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


19 posted on 06/27/2012 3:15:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Nooooo! He is ab-so-lute-ly BEAUTIFUL! (I am a long haired dog person. Eskies & 2 “Honoraries”, but even they are double coated)


20 posted on 06/28/2012 3:00:26 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: JoshuaLawrenceChamberlain

It’s always wonderful to see Sallie remembered, especially by the many visitors who leave little gifts for her or pause to have their photos—sometimes even their dogs’ photos—taken with her as a souvenir of their visit to Gettysburg. Besides biscuits, flags, coins, and flowers often decorate her pedestal.


21 posted on 06/29/2012 10:00:02 PM PDT by LoyaltyOfDogs (LoyaltyOfDogs.com - Honoring the dogs of the American Civil War to support animal rescue)
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To: PaulZe

This is beautiful. Sallie was more of an American than the current dog in the White House.


22 posted on 06/29/2012 10:29:30 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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23 posted on 08/07/2013 3:32:28 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (I have five dollars for each of you)
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To: KneelBeforeZod

Sallie appears to have been a Pit Bull.


24 posted on 08/07/2013 3:46:33 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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