150 years ago today . . . on the 2nd day of July in the year 1863 . . . as a member of the 4th Regiment of the "Texas Brigade" . . . Pvt. J.H. Nettles is wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg . . . this Joseph Helidorah Nettles is a 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper to this family history blog . . .
The "Texas Brigade" had been organized in 1861 in Richmond, Virginia, and was composed of the First, Fourth and Fifth Texas Infantry regiments, the only Texas troops to fight in the Eastern Theater . . . Col. John Bell Hood had been commander of the Fourth . . . on July 2, 1863, this brigade led the assault at Devils Den and Little Round Top, the crucial action of the second day of the battle . . . a soldier of the First Texas called the assault on Devil's Den "one of the wildest, fiercest struggles of the war." . . .