This Day (Awkward Homecoming Edition)

Published:July 2, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe

On this day in 1863—which is to say, day two of that hat trick of blood called Gettysburg*—the diminutive Virginia soldier Wesley Culp died on or near a Pennsylvania hillside that happened to be called Culp’s Hill. Coincidence? Actually, no. Culp had been born in Gettysburg but moved to Virginia as a young man, joined the militia there, and, once the war started, the Confederate army. When Lee marched the boys north, Culp found himself at an awkward homecoming. It didn’t last long, however; he fell on the battle’s second day.

* Too much?