The Civil War, Day by Day

Dilger at Gettysburg

Dilger at Gettysburg

Nicknamed “Old Iron Pants” because of the leather breeches he wore, Dilger’s expertise was quickly put to the test. On July 1, 1863 his gunners were stationed in the fields north of Gettysburg, facing intense artillery fire from several Confederate Batteries. Boldly moving several guns forward, the Ohioans flanked and forced back the Southern cannon, Dilger himself, personally sighting the guns in. As the Unions infantry broke, Dilger held his men back, covering the withdrawal from the field. In the debacle of the first day’s battle, Captain Hubert Dilger’s actions were a shining example of bravery and dedication.

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