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Originally published by Civil War Times magazine. Published Online: May 24, 2012 
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John Whiteside

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An immigrant from Ireland Reverend John Whiteside enlisted in Co. A, 105th New York Infantry in late 1861 and was quickly elected to 1st Lieutenant and then promoted to Captain in less than a year. The 105th consolidated into the 94th New York in mid 1863 and not long after they found themselves in a desperate fight atop a small ridge which would soon become infamous. Heavily engaged along Seminary Ridge and taking heavy casualties they were forced to retreat in the face of superior forces. It was here that Captain Whiteside was most likely captured. A veteran of 17 engagements prior to Gettysburg it would be his last fight. Sent to the infamous Libby Prison he would spend the remainder of the war in captivity. He emerged a shell of his former self, his body racked by disease and an unforgiving environment. He continued to suffer tremendously up until his death in early 1895. Image Copyright Matthew Fleming.

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