Snakeman is also Birdman

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My last post was a picture of snakes made of wood, bottle caps and something flexible that passed through holes in the bottle caps and which formed the spine of the snake.  The man who created them was very creative!  But that wasn’t all he did…he also made birdhouses.  Now, these weren’t your your normal, run-of-the-mill bird houses.  They were all shapes and sizes, colors and they were beautiful!  Here’s a picture of one of them.  I wish I’d gotten the man’s name so I could have shared it with you in case you were interested in buying some of his products!

If I were a bird, I’d live in this house!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1837, Strong Vincent was born in Waterford, Pennsylvania. After working as a lawyer, he went on to become a hero at the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was mortally wounded defending Little Round Top. (If you saw the movie, Gettysburg, you may recall that he was the one that was the commanding officer to the character, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and Colonel Vincent placed Chamberlain and the 20th Maine at the far end of the Union line.  Chamberlain’s men held against ferocious charges from the Confederates, finally carrying out a down-hill bayonet charge when they had run out of ammunition.  Chamberlain would be awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroics on that day – it may have saved the Union.)

When hostilities erupted between the North and the South in April 1861, Vincent left the law to become an officer in the Erie Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. By early 1862, he rose to commander of the 83rd Pennsylvania. Vincent served in several campaigns with the Army of the Potomac, fighting at Yorktown, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. He was promoted to colonel after Yorktown, and prior to Gettysburg, Vincent was given command of the Third Brigade, First Division, of the Fifth Corps.

On the night of July 1, 1863, Vincent and his men were hurrying toward the battlefield under a bright moon. When the soldiers passed through a small town near Gettysburg, the regiment bands began to play and residents came to their doors to cheer the Yankee troops. Vincent remarked to an aide that there could be a worse fate than to die fighting in his home state with the flag overhead.

The next day, as Vincent and his brigade were arriving behind the Union lines, General Gouverneur K. Warren frantically summoned Vincent’s force to the top of Little Round Top, a rocky hill at the end of the Federal line. Warren observed that the Confederates could turn the Union left flank by taking the summit, which was occupied by only a Yankee signal corps at the time. So Vincent and his men hurried up the hill, arriving just ahead of the Rebels. The brigade held the top, but just barely. The 26-year-old Vincent was mortally wounded in the engagement and died on July 7. He was promoted posthumously to brigadier general.

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