Eyewitness to Gettysburg: The Story of Gettysburg As Told by the Leading Correspondent of His Day
Charles Carleton Coffin, the Civil War correspondent for the Boston Journal, was in Frederick on Sunday, June 28, 1863, as General George Gordon Meade assumed command of the Army of the Potomac.
On Monday, he rode with the officers and men of the Union V Corps on the roads to Gettysburg. Then he linked up with David Gregg's Union cavalry as it patrolled the right of the Union line moving north. He saw the devastation of the cavalry battle in the streets of Hanover, and from there, he rode to Gettysburg.
Coffin was on the slopes of Little Round Top during the Confederate assault on July 2, 1863, and he was at Meade's headquarters when the Confederate artillery barrage began on July 3, prior to Pickett's charge.
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