“Respect the Flag” and the Breakthrough at Prospect Hill

Emerging Civil War

In commemoration of the battle of Fredericksburg 151 years ago today, we offer up a piece passed along to us by Daniel Weinfeld, an ECW reader with the White Plains (NY) Civil War Roundtable. This is a poem by Rev. L. P. Patch of Altoona, PA, that honors Sgt. Charles M. Hamilton’s charge with the 5th Pennsylvania Reserves—part of George Gordon Meade’s breakthrough a Prospect Hill at the south end of the battlefield.

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