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March 9, 2015

Did the Battle of Gettysburg Really Begin as a Search for Shoes?

Perhaps because they were sorely in need of them,
a rumor had been circulating among Lee’s forces that there was a stockpile of shoes in the town, and shortly after arriving, Heth, in fact, ordered Brigadier General Johnston Pettigrew to “search the town for army supplies (shoes specifically), and return the same day.” Pettigrew ran into Union troops, and, despite Lee’s orders, Heth ended up starting a small skirmish. -- TIFO

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 9, 2015 5:40 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Of course, the two biggest skirmishes at Gettysburg comprised the Florsheim Firefight and the battle at Little Wingtip.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 10, 2015 5:47 AM

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