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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 01, 2015

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I can’t believe it’s the battle anniversary again. Seems like the 150th was just here, and it’s been two years already! Please join me in remembering those boys and men, both blue and gray who died both on this day and on the 2nd and 3rd of July, and also those who passed away from their wounds days, weeks, or even months later. May they never be forgotten.

It’s come to my attention that a lot of people don’t like the equestrian statue of General Longstreet in Pitzer Woods. I mean, they *really* don’t like it. I realize it’s not as grand as some of the other such statues in the military park, but as far as being accessible, it’s a good size and easy to explore. It’s also a nice subject for some unique shots. I don’t remember the circumstances of snapping this photo, but I know I really like it. The sky could have been bluer, but can’t have everything! :-)


CO. I, 42nd Mississippi Infantry

Died July 01/02, 1863 at 34

Pt. Waldron (surname also spelled Waldran) enlisted in May 1862. He was married to Elizabeth and had a daughter Mary (aged 7 in 1863) and a son Jeff (aged 5). He was wounded on the 1st of July and later died, eventually being laid to rest at the Meek Family Cemetery in Laws Hill, Mississippi.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

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The Eleventh Corps Line is one of those places on the Gettysburg battlefield that doesn’t seem to be a particular favorite for visitors --- maybe some don’t even know it’s there. At any rate, it’s not very heavily traveled (which makes for great photos).This shot was taken from near the Francis Barlow statue and shows the Old Alms House Cemetery on an overcast autumn day.  Part of Oak Ridge and Oak Hill can be seen at right, albeit not in the best detail. I’m not sure if the rocks in a row have any significance, but since Gettysburg is so full of tradition and history, I’m guessing they probably do. (Or someone just liked the way they looked).


CO. E, 157th New York Infantry

Born 1836 --- Died July 15, 1863 at 27

Pvt. Haley enlisted in August 1862, husband of Mary Ann and father of Mary Jane (aged 3) and Agnes (aged 1). He received a mortal wound on the first day of battle and later suffered an amputation. He was buried in Gettysburg National Cemetery.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015

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The two monuments dominating this photo are the portrait statue of Gen. Andrew Humphreys and the 11th Massachusetts Infantry. Seen at left is the Emmitsburg Road. Also, two farms are visible . . . the Abraham Bryan barn at bottom left, and the Nicholas Codori barn to the right of Gen. Humphreys. Both picket fencing and wood fencing is visible. I think (though I may be wrong) that the trees to the right of the 11th Massachusetts are actually the Copse at the High Water Mark.


CO. B, 2nd Mississippi Infantry

Born 1844 --- Died July 01, 1863 at 19

Pvt. Robertson, a farmer, enlisted in March 1862. He was killed in battle and later buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh. Unfortunately, I was able to find little information pertaining to his life.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

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Honest question: Is there anyone who has visited Gettysburg without being fascinated by the rocks at Devil’s Den? If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that I am definitely one of these people. It’s sure a thrill to be driving along the battlefield roads and then seeing this massive megalith of boulders (look how big this boulder in the photo is. That’s only one of many!) I’m not one for climbing, but just to stand and stare and imagine the battle is enough for me.


CO. K, 151st Pennsylvania Infantry

Died July 27, 1863

Pvt. Weaber enlisted in October 1862. He was wounded in three places at Gettysburg and succumbed after nearly a month of medical care, dying at Harrisburg’s Camp Curtin general hospital.

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