Normally I do crafty or yummy things, but I saw this today in person, and it was one of the most moving things I’ve seen in my life.
A brief history of Sallie: the 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Regiment was in their first month of training in 1861 when someone in town brought the commander a pug-nose brindle bull terrier. She quickly won over the unit and became their mascot. The dog was beloved by the unit and disliked only 3 things: Rebels, Democrats and Women.
During battles she was on the front line barking ferociously at the enemy. She was so fierce even Abraham Lincoln acknowledged her with the salute of a lifted hat.
During the first day of battle at Gettysburg, she lost her unit. By the end of the 3 day battle she was back with her unit, fiercly standing guard over the dead.
Sallie was wounded in the neck, but bravely continued on in Spotsylvania. February 6, 1865 at Hatcher’s Run, Sallie was with the first wave of her unit. When the second wave advanced, they found her shot in the head. The weeping men buried their beloved mascot on the battlefield.
In 1890, the surviving members of the 11th dedicated a monument to all the men who died in the great battle of Gettysburg. It stands on Oak Ridge overlooking the field from which the Rebels advanced. Something you don’t see unless you get out of your car and walk around is the small pug-nose brindle bull terrier at the base, watching over her unit for all eternity.
Many people had left coins as a tribute for Sallie. I don’t usually carry change, but traveling with the dogs meant I had dog treats in my pocket. We left Sallie a treat and I got to enjoy this moment with my puppies. There is no road marker to let you know it’s there, but if you travel to Gettysburg and take the self-guided auto tour (it’s free), make sure you stop on Oak Ridge and find Sallie’s statue. Leave a coin or a treat for one of the most loyal soldier’s of the Civil War!
Original pin found here
If you enjoyed this story of a hero dog, check out Gabe’s story here.