Samuel Orlando Fletcher

     Samuel Orlando Fletcher was born on October 10th, 1843 in Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana; the seventh son of Isaac Fletcher, who brought his family to Indiana from Canada in 1835.
     Samuel O. enlisted in the 27th Indiana regiment on August 19th, 1861 and was discharged on July 21st, 1865. He fought at Antietam and the Battle of Gettysburg.
     He married Dora Gay, born September 20th, 1857, on September 19th, 1878. They had one son, Allen Grant Fletcher, born April 1st, 1885.
Samuel O.'s Memoirs
Growing Up In Indiana   The Civil War

27th Indiana Winter Encampment, 1862, Frederick City, MD

Samuel O.'s comrade in arms John Fesler
Spanglers Meadow and Monument to the 27th Indiana,
Gettysburg National Monument.
Due to a bungled order Samuel O.'s company was ordered to charge across Spangler's Meadow toward a heavily defended Confederate position. Samuel O.'s brother Sgt. John Parker Fletcher was a color bearer and was killed in this charge on July 3, 1863.
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