Col. Douglass Fowler, 17th Conn. - I10131
“Dodge the big ones, boys.” - U.S. Col. Douglass Fowler, 17th Conn.
On July 1, 1863, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., U.S. Col. Douglass Fowler, 17th Conn., and the 75th Ohio and were ordered to counterattack to save the crumbling 11th Corps line near Barlow’s Knoll.
On his white horse Fowler turned in his saddle, gestured with his sword and shouted, “Now, Seventeenth, do your duty! Forward, double quick! Charge bayonets!”
A gunshot struck Fowler's head, his brains splattered on his men.