Abel G. Peck
Sgt. Abel G. Peck
24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry
Twenty-Fourth Michigan Infantry Regiment
Holding this flag, Abel Peck was the first color bearer of the Twenty-Fourth to die at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Shot through by twenty-three bullets, its staff splintered, the flag was reduced to the tatter seen here. The regiment fulfilled its vow to protect the flag and it was never surrendered.
"From the research of George Porter Woodworth of
Milford, Michgian - November, 1991"