Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mud Puddles and Dandelions

This goes out to all my friends and readers!   Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

9-11 10th Anniversary Remembered

Salisbury Area 
 Chamber of Commerce 
News & Notes
( from the August 8th News & Notes segment of their newsletter.  Click here to visit their site) 

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the City of Salisbury are creating a place of remembrance, a memorial to the victims in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.  An avenue will be erected to honor the military, police, fire, medical and other personnel who are serving today, have served, and those who have paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. 

Community groups, organizations, churches and businesses may create signs, banners or displays in honor of the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.  The Chamber will place the offered signage along Carroll Street next to the Wicomico River for the people of our community to view as they drive by or stroll through the display area.  The displays will go up on September 3-4 and be removed after the Third Friday on September 16. 

Cost of displaying your tribute will be $25 for non-profits, community groups, and religious organizations.  Businesses are asked to pay $50.  Applications are available from the Chamber.  The Display Committee reserves the right to decline posting offensive displays

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sallie. Faithful Mascot to the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry

As the fighting raged along Oak Ridge on the afternoon of July 1st, a somewhat unique soldier stood bravely with her comrades as the bullets and artillery filled the air. The 11th Pennsylvania, a regiment in Brigadier General Henry Baxter's Brigade of Brigadier General John C. Robinson's Division of the 1st Corps, desired to honor this soldier when their men returned to Gettysburg to erect their monument on the fields where they fought. Situated along Oak Ridge, the heroic dead to whom this monument was dedicated includes Sallie, a brindle bull terrier who served as the loyal and beloved mascot of the 11th Pennsylvania. Mustered in as a pup, Sallie grew up with the 11th as her family. During a fight, she was said to have frequently positioned herself at the end of the 11th's line during battles, barking furiously at oncoming Southern troops.
On July 1, 1863, after the days first fighting northwest of Gettysburg and the Union retreat through town, the men of the 11th discovered that their faithful friend had not come with them as they moved back through town and positioned themselves near the Emmitsburg Road south of Cemetery Hill. The battle progressed in length and ferocity and the men of the 11th did their duty, moving frequently about the battlefield supporting positions on Cemetery Hill and along the length of Cemetery Ridge. Days later after the Confederate retreat, Sallie was found lying down with the dead of her regiment on the fields of the first days conflict. Weak from lack of food, her comrades successfully nursed her back to health to again serve with her regiment for nearly two more years.

Sadly, just two months before the war's end, Sallie was killed at Hatcher's Run, VA. Despite what was described as a "murderous fire", as the battle raged, men of the 11th buried their loyal friend and comrade on the field where she fell. When the 11th Pennsylvania erected their monument, they could not forget their little companion who bravely and faithfully served by their sides throughout.