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Civil War Dog Lives On Through Monument

Sallie's Monument

Sallie was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier whom was given to First Lieutenant William R. Terry of the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry as a four week old puppy. She grew up with the Civil War soldiers, and also loved practicing marching with them and waking them up. She was taken twice by the confederates, but always returned home. She would stand over the dead and wounded after battles.

Sadly, months before General Lee surrendered she went into battle and was hit in the head by a bullet on February 6th, 1865. She is buried on the battlefield in Hatchers Run, Virgina. Later, the regiment was moving out when they heard whines in a tree. The soldiers went to the hollowed out tree and found her puppies. To this day they have no idea how and when she had become pregnant, but they gave her puppies to civilians so that her blood line could survive.

We were so moved by Patricia's story that we at Fallendogs.com did further research and it revealed the following additional information:

Sallie was a gift to the Lieutenant from a civilian.  She was pug nosed and brindle in color, winning the affections of the regiment. She was named after a local woman near the site of their training whom the men thought beautiful and the pup was reported as being friendly and loving. Sallie came to know the drum roll and participated in exercises, afterwards sleeping by the captain’s tent.  Her first battle was 1862, Cedar Mountain. She continued through the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. Sallie provided the men with morale and strength, barking ferociously at the enemy from the front line.

During the first day of battle at Gettysburg, the regiment was forced to retreat back to town from Oak Ridge and lost track of Sallie in the commotion.  She was located 3 days later at their original position guarding the lifeless bodies of her comrades.

Sallie sustained a neck injury the following May at Spotsylvania, but survived the incident. However, when the second wave of men was advancing under attack during the Hatchers Run battle, they came upon the deceased body of their companion Sallie. While still under attack, the men buried her where she lay on the battlefield.

In 1890 a monument was erected and dedicated to those in the regiment. It recognizes all those who fought and died on the Gettysburg Battlefield from the 11thPennsylvania Infantry. At the base of this great bronze and marble structure lays the resemblance of Sallie.  

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Comments (37):

Anonyomous wrote: This is a great story- I wonder if anyone has traced her descendents? I bet there are many alive today!

Alisa Miller wrote: Poor Sallie. You gave your life just like the brave men you watched over. God bless you!!!

Anonyomous wrote: A true hero!

Anonyomous wrote: THANK U SALLIE!

Anonyomous wrote: God Bless

Donald L wrote: Heaven has a special place for dogs like this

Pat Jividen wrote: Thank you Sally

Nina wrote: I visited the battlefield last week with my dog Zoe. We stopped at Sallie's monument to have our picture taken and leave a dog biscuit to thank her for her service. She was an amazing dog and deserves to be honored.

Oriana wrote: Thank you for your service and Bravery.

Lee crossland wrote: Sallie come home mt pleasant native. We will remember you.

Linda wrote: I visited Sallie this past Summer with my Beagle. What a beautiful tribute. We did leave biscuits for Sallie. I think Sallie's spirit wooded at my Beagle because he would not sit at the monument for me. I plan on visiting it again when we go back up this month.

Shirley Wycuff wrote: Bless you Sallie

Angus wrote: Honoring Sallie

Hooch wrote: To my great great Aunt Sallie I am proud to be a decedent of your breed

Kim wrote: I'll bring a real dog biscut for you when I visit Gettysburg this summer. "Forever Faithful"

Anonyomous wrote: To the first person that made a comment saying it is a different breed, America changed it's name when it got over here and to tell you the truth the best came from Ireland not England... Cheers

robert rusk wrote: If you go to war, choose to take a dog with you! I wish I did.

Anonyomous wrote: sa being a civil war reenactor with the 11th pa vol. I have Sallie as a reenacttress. Sallie was not a pitbull but a Staffordshire bull terrier. It was a breed that came from England.

Anonyomous wrote: Wonderful dog! Sallie should be remembered for her bravery!

Anonyomous wrote: I will remember you

Ian Thomas wrote: I have always had pitbulls and they are such loving and loyal family members. Look up Stubby too, he and Sallie are deserving a rememberence.

J.Lowell wrote: Forever faithful, mans very best friend, and so much better than man himself. I wish for Sallie that she died peacefully in a loving home,rather than on such a violent battlefield. Bless her soul.

Anonyomous wrote: Asome

Joan Snow wrote: I am an advocate for pit bulls. Sallie is a fine example of how loyal these dogs are.It brings tears to my eyes to know that if Sallie were a live today and found on a military base,she would be seized and destroyed.RIP Sallie.You were a good girl.

Dawgs wrote: Nathen, it's Sally...

i wrote: diggity dig dogs

diggity dawgs wrote: Dawgs

Anonyomous wrote: Sallie was a amazing and wonderful dog!

Anonyomous wrote: Sallie was a amazing and wonderful dog!

Megan wrote: Great dog. WOW.

Anonyomous wrote: In honor of all the dogs who followed their masters into battle.

Anonyomous wrote: this,dog truley was great i,love the story.she,was full of love for her friends in war.she,will always have a place in my heart. robert

Anonyomous wrote: I've seen this monument before on my many trips to Gettysburg, but never knew the story of the dog. Thank you for providing it.

Liede-Marie wrote: Beautiful to read...heartwarming!

LoyaltyOfDogs.com wrote: So good of you to remember faithful Sallie!

flynnt wrote: A real heart warming story of Sallie.

Anonyomous wrote: This made me cry...so warmed to see a staffordshire being regarded as such a hero...what a beautiful monument.

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