The Dahlgren Incident, by Mark Twain Noe
Credit: Courtesy of The First National Bank of Greencastle and artist Mark T. Noe.
"Foot not very painful, slept well." These are the words twenty-one year old Captain Ulric Dahlgren recorded in his diary upon regaining consciousness after his July 6, 1863, skirmish with Confederates retreating from Gettysburg. Dahlgren had passed out from loss of blood after being shot in the foot. Captain Dahlgren had led ten charges before the bullet wound that days later cost him his foot. In The Dahlgren Incident, oil painter Mark Twain Noe depicts Dahlgren's saber charge through the streets of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, on July 2, 1863, only four days from the wound, which would cost his is foot.