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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017



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No one knows for certain how many witness trees still exist on the Gettysburg battlefield, and unless you know what you’re looking for, it can be hard to determine a particular tree’s age. There are, however, a handful of trees that are known witnesses to the battle, such as this white oak above Devil’s Den at Houck’s Ridge. Though the features aren’t sharp, the lighting in the photo shows the beauty and mystery of a rainy day in Gettysburg, somehow enhancing the scene. Smith’s 4TH New York Independent Battery can be seen along the ridge.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. DAVID ALEXANDER
 
Born bet. 1816-18 --- Died July 02, 1863

Co. H, 75TH Ohio Infantry

Pvt. Alexander enlisted in November 1861. His wife, Kima, gave him at least two children, Allen (born 1841) and Austin (born 1846). It’s likely that they both served in the army as well. Pvt. Alexander was killed in battle and is possibly buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery, though he may still lie on the field.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017



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If I had my say, this would be called Picnic Rock. I’ve always loved the idea of sitting on these prehistoric boulders to grab a quick bite to eat, enjoying nature and being surrounded by history. The view is incredible, and after you’ve finished your meal you can climb around the rocks, read the informational tablet, and check out the flank marker that I never even noticed in all the years I’ve been visiting Devil’s Den. :-)


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. WILLIAM W. STROUD
Born abt. 1843 --- Died July 1863 at age 20

Co. H, 8TH Alabama Infantry

Pvt. Stroud’s death date is given as July 21ST and July 26TH. He enlisted in September 1862 and was wounded on the 2ND. His leg was amputated, and he eventually died from his wounds. He lies in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery with many other Gettysburg casualties.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017



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A few of my posts between August 2016 and January 2017 have mentioned my trip to the Henry Spangler farm, which can be accessed via horse/walking path from Confederate Avenue. I find it interesting that this is also one of the farms which can be seen from Emmitsburg Road. Here it's visible from the summit of Little Round Top --- the Spangler farm on the left and the Daniel Klingel farm on the right. Note the distant valley and the rolling mountains which make Adams County particularly beautiful at any time of the year.


**HONORED TODAY**

CPL. ELIAS A. NORRIS
 
Born 1840 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 23

Co. B, 126TH New York Infantry

Cpl. Norris enlisted in August 1862. After his death in battle, he was buried at the famous Codori farm and later reinterred in Gettysburg’s National Cemetery.


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Monday, January 9, 2017

January 09, 2017



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McPherson’s Ridge. Wood fence. That middle pole isn’t really a pole, by the way. It’s the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. And the tiny colorful blips you see in the right distance? Cars and people, of which there are always many. I’ve made it my goal to take as many artsy shots as possible every time I visit Gettysburg. Some fall short of the mark. This one is passable. :-) Actually, you’d be better able to tell that was the Peace Memorial if you could see the flame lit at its crown. It was lit that day, but zoom isn’t always the best at picking up such small details. Sadly, if you’ve visited the Peace Memorial in the past few weeks you may have noticed the absence of the so-called ‘eternal flame’. That’s because they’re completely refurbishing and updating the memorial. Can’t wait to see it.


**HONORED TODAY**

COL. ISAAC ERWIN AVERY
Born December 20, 1828 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 34

6TH North Carolina Infantry

Col. Avery was a seasoned soldier, having been wounded at Gaines’ Mill in the summer of 1862. He was married to a lady named Martha and had one child, a daughter named Charity who was born in 1860. Mortally wounded at Gettysburg’s Cemetery Hill, he died the next day, leaving a famous blood-stained note. An image of said note can be viewed online. He is buried at Washington Confederate Cemetery (a section called Rose Hill) in Hagerstown, Maryland. A photo can be found here.


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