Joseph Gutelius: ( 1st cousin 5x removed )
Born: 01 Jan 1842, Mifflinburg, Union, Pennsylvania
Died: 01 Jul 1863, Gettysburg, Adams, Pennsylvania
Joseph was listed as Corporal in Company D. 150th Pennsylvania Infantry.
Joseph was killed most likely by members of the 14th North Carolina of Ramseur's Brigade. The 150th Penn. Flag was once carried by Gutelius but fell into the rebel's hands. Confederate Lieut. Frank M. Harney with his sharpshooters encountered the 150th Penn. Regiment and took from them their flag with his own hands, in which encounter he was mortally wounded. As a dying wish, Harney requested the flag to be presented in his name to the President. According to most accounts, Gutelius carried the flag during the withdrawal, which soon turned into a confusing rout in the maze-like streets and alleys of Gettysburg.
During the evacuation of Richmond two years later, in the midst of chaos, the Davis family packed the flag away in their personal baggage. Davis proved true to his word and treasured the memento. The flag traveled with the Presidential party through North Carolina and the last Confederate cabinet meeting. Then traveled with Davis through South Carolina and into Georgia. On May 10th, Union forces captured Davis and his entourage near Irwinville, Georgia. The Blue Cavalrymen subsequently ransacked the wagons and the flag came into their possession.
The flag eventually wove it's way into the custody of the War Department. In the post-war years, many important Pennsylvanians, including former Secretary of War Simon Cameron, urged the return of the flag to the state. In 1869, the United States government agreed and returned the flag home to Harrisburg, Penn.
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