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Col. Francis Hamilton Little (11th GA)

Folks, at the distinct risk of going to the well too often, I am going to take another crack at this guy with you experts.

I'm looking for a picture of this gentleman also.......born in 1839 (40) in Catoosa County, died in May of '68.......Colonel Little commanded the 11th GA Infantry at Gettysburg. He was from LaFayette Ga, and was one of the three youngest Colonels in Longstreets First Corps by the time of Gettyburg.....sharing that honor with Manning and Magruder (3rd AR and 57th VA respectively). He led the Brigade late in the War at times, was elected to the GA Congress but never seated and as far as I can tell, and died of lingering illness brought on by his severe wounds in the 1864 Overland Campaign. He is buried, as far as I know, in an unmarked grave on his families farm in Walker County.

UGA class of '61, Col Little took over from Tige himself and was wounded at both Gettyburg and Reams Station, the latter being a lingering wound which though not preventing him from taking the Brigade late in the War, did contribute greatly to his early demise at the age of about 25 or so.

So far, through the kindness of people on this exact site, the Gettysburg National Military Park has increased its roster of pictured officers(or more accurately soon will) from Andersons Brigade from only McDaniel and Hillyer........to include Luffman (11th) and Jones (9th).......(I will supply the images of Towers and Shellman from Glen Larsens site on my own with proper accreditation as all will be) ...I hope that while not being brazen, I have not offended anyone, but rather contributed to the photographic record of what I think is and should be one of the premier Brigades in the Confederate Army.

I am not publishing anything right now and even if I were, I would be very sure to seek expressed permission here as I have with the folks thus far who have helped me on this quest. Glen remembers me from my requests of a few years ago, and through the aid of Chris Ferguson and Bruce Allerdice, we have indeed doubled photographic records of the Gettysburg National Military Park.........so I just wanted to be honest about that.

None of us will be around forever, and as hard as it is to believe, the only pictures GNMP had on file were Hillyer and McDaniel.......nothing else.

I'm trying to fill in some gaps.........

I surely do appreciate the help you all have been on this mission, and while it feels almost greedy to ask for more, I would ask you to consider whatever you might be willing to offer by way of tips and aid.

Most humbly, and with great respect,

I thank you all........

Please feel free to email me at bleakdecember@verizon.net.......or if you'd rather, email John Heiser directly at the Gettyburg National Military Park.........he is aware of what I am trying to do.

Thank you all very much,

Best,

Rick Allen

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