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Corp Ernest Simpson

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Corp Ernest Simpson

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 2 Jul 1863 Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 28648870

1st Rhode Island Light Artillery, Battery E.

Corporal Simpson was more than an ordinary man, and had somewhat of a romantic history. Lieutenant Bucklyn, in a communication to the Providence Sunday Star of June 11, 1882, says:

Ernest Simpson was my company clerk, and had begged permission to go into the battle. I told him we would probably be killed, and he must settle my accounts with the government. During the fight he came to me and asked permission to take charge of a gun. I consented, and in a few minutes his head was shot off. He was a brave and noble soldier, who joined us at York, Pa., attracted by the great reputation of Rhode Island batteries. He had left home (Leipsic, Germany) because his parents opposed a love affair, attempted to commit suicide in London, and joined us with the expectation of being killed. He said I was his only friend in America, and he made a will in my favor, which I now have.

(from The History of Battery E, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, in the War of 1861 and 1865 to Preserve the Union by George Lewis, Snow & Farnham Printers, Providence, RI, 1892)



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  • Added: 30 Jul 2008
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Ernest Simpson (unknown–2 Jul 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28648870, citing Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Jen Snoots (contributor 4661415) .