Oliver Roe’s Prayer

“Our father which art in Washington,
Uncle Abraham is they name,
Thy victory won they will be done
at the South as at the North
Give us this day our daily rations of crackers and pork
and forgive us our shortcomings as we forgive
our quartermasters
for these are the prayers of he soldiers and negroes
for the space of three years unless discharged. Amen.”

—Sgt. Oliver Roe, Company I, 1st Minnesota

Roe, who fought with the regiment during its famous charge at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, was wounded in battle the next day. He died in a Baltimore hospital on July 26.

(Saw this at the museum at Gettysburg NMP and thought we’d share.)

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