This is a wonderful book, published in 1998 by Thomas Publications of Gettysburg, PA. Entitled A Colonel, A Flag and A Dog, Cindy Stouffer and Shirley Cubbison tell the story of Colonel Richard Coulter and his renowned 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers and their devoted mascot, Sallie the dog. On Oak Ridge in the Gettysburg National Military Park stands the monument dedicated to the 11th PA Infantry Regiment. At the base lies the figure of Sallie, a brindle bull terrier who served as the regimental mascot from the age of a tiny pup until her tragic end at the Battle of Hatcher's Run, Virginia, where she was killed by a Confederate bullet. Cindy Stouffer and Shirley Cubbison have attempted to tell the story and pay tribute to the "Gallant Old Eleventh" (a name they earned at the Battle of Antietam) in this volume. The regiment formed in the Spring of 1861 and fought throughout the war. Sallie and the regiment's famous flag twice marched in review before President Lincoln. Although Sallie did not march in their last review, the flag and the colonel made it to the final Grand Review in Washington in 1865. If you have been to Annapolis, MD, and seen the Liberty Tree on the campus of St. John's College, which still stands today, know that this is where Sallie had her first litter of pups, under that tree.
This is a softcover volume, published in a limited number, so somewhat hard to find. It has 84 total pages and is in very good condition with clean, tight pages. Cover wear is minimal and there is one small nick in the spine at the top, but it is otherwise fine.
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