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When Gen. Warren realized their was no one to defend the Little Round Top - and seeing the beginning of Rebel moves in that direction - he sent an aide out to find the nearest troops. Col. Strong Vincent was bringing his V Corps brigade to the aide of Gen. Sickles, but he recognized the importance of the hill and immediately pushed his men to the top. Just as they were settling in around the top, Confederates from Hood/Law’s division attacked - a mixed Texas/Alabama attack. The 20th Maine anchored his left, while the 83rd Pennsylvania, 44th New York and 16th Michigan made up the rest of the initial line - some 1350 men. Five Rebel brigades attacked slowly pressing the defenders. The 16th Michigan, with only 150 defenders left, began to gave way. Trying to rally them, Vincent was mortally wounded. Gen. Warren was still in the area and realized that more help would be needed. He found his old V Corps brigade and ordered the lead regiment directly to the action. Col. Patrick O’Rorke brought the 140th New York into its first serious fight in relief of the 16th Michigan just in the nick of time. As he ordered his men, O’Rourke - first in his class at West Point ‘61 - was shot dead. His enraged men roared past crushing the 4th Texas and 48th Alabama, shooting O’Rorke’s killer no less than 17 times.
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