Col. Strong Vincent

Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

As I’m sure all the Civil War history sharks amongst you know, this year is the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3), and today specifically is the anniversary of the Battle of Little Round Top.

Since Groovy Vic, who is a friend of the decanter ab origio, is not blogging these days and thus can’t do so as she used to, Ol’ Robbo feels it to be incumbent upon himself to raise a glass in honor of Brigade Commander Strong Vincent, who recognized the value of anchoring the far left of the Union line on Little Round Top on the Second Day after the idiot Dan Sickles went walkabouts, and took sole responsibility for diverting his brigade to that position.

The limelight of Little Round Top has since fallen mostly on Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his 20th Maine regiment for their gallant defense which included both a “refusal of the line” and a bayonet charge.  Not in any way to discredit the man, who was truly an exceptionally good fighting officer, but as Vic loves to point out, Chamberlain never would have been there in the first place had it not been for Vincent’s brilliant but now largely overlooked action.

Vincent, by the bye, was mortally wounded during the early stage of the fight and died a few days later.