Civil War Dog Lives On Through 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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