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Late in Longstreet?s July 2 assault, the division of Maj. Gen. Richard Anderson had pushed through the extended lines of the Federals of Andrew Humphreys along the Emmittsburg Pike. The brigade on the Rebel left was the Alabamians of Brig. Gen. Cadmus Wilcox. As they marched across the Plum Run below Cemetery Ridge, the newly appointed III corps commander, Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock directed the small 1st Minnesota regiment to plug the gap. The 1st Minnesota was the only Minnesotans with the Army of the Potomac. They had been in the fray since the First Manassas and numbered only 260 men on this day. ?My God! Are these all the men we have here?? exclaimed Scott. But Scott sent them forward and their colonel, William Colvill had them fix bayonets had charge. With a desperate charge they stopped the attack, but at a ferocious cost. Colvill and all of his field officers went down - as did 68% of the total force in about fifteen minutes - with the regiment command being assumed by a company commander. The Minnesotans had won time for others to reach the spot and Wilcox?s brigade withdrew. ?I cannot speak too highly of this regiment and its commander?? wrote Hancock afterwards.
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