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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014

Visiting the “big boys” of the King William Artillery


Ever notice that whenever you want a nice, quiet walk around Oak Hill and the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, there are always carloads of people, usually with screaming kids? When I last visited Oak Hill, there were still kids, but they were strangely cooperative with staying out of my camera’s eye. I was thus able to capture these photos of King William Artillery’s 12-pounder Napoleons.

Cannon #1 was manufactured at Augusta Foundry in 1862. (That’s part of the Hardaway Alabama Artillery in the distance). The cannon tube isn’t in the best shape, but is remarkably sturdy considering its age. Cannon #2 dates from 1864 and was made at Macon Foundry. Don’t you love the little Confederate battle flag? No, that wasn’t me who left it . . . my tastes run more toward Yankeedom :-) You can see the edge of the Peace Memorial at left, as well as seeing that it was quite an overcast day.



Co. D, 13TH North Carolina Infantry

Born abt. 1831 --- Died July 01, 1863 at age 32

Pvt. Stephens enlisted in May 1861. He was married to Nancy with a daughter Phebe (only three years old at her father’s death) and a daughter Didama (age two). He was a farmer, but unfortunately I have no more information on his family life or his military record.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014

On my last trip to “G-burg” I managed to stop by Ziegler’s Grove for some photos of the surrounding area, and I focused mainly on the Abraham Brian farm and environs. The first photo shows how the day went back and forth between sunny and cloudy. It’s hard to imagine that Abraham, his wife, and a slew of children all lived here together! I’ll bet you didn’t learn much about “personal space” in such a small house :-) Note the 111TH New York monument at right.

The Brian barn is one of my favorite battlefield historic structures. Short, sweet, and to the point, its simplicity somehow makes it aesthetically pleasing. I also like the peeks of Seminary Ridge seen in the background, as well as the ground over which the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge took place. For the third photo, I don’t think (though I might be wrong) that there is any other place on the Gettysburg battlefield that has this sort of “flat” boulder ground cover. I found it very interesting, a sort of natural path. At left is the 111TH New York, while much of the Brian barn can be seen at right. The Codori farm thicket is visible at center left. Can anyone tell if the little holes in the barn are indeed bullet holes? Fascinating . . . .


Co. A, 119TH New York Infantry

Died July 14/16, 1863

Pvt. Haigue, age 44, enlisted in August 1862. I haven't been able to uncover any information as to family, etc. At Gettysburg he was wounded in the ankle and later succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Baltimore. He was buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. His stone lists his name as “Hague”, another spelling used in his military records.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014

**Antietam Friday**

A quick glance at the sky in this photo will tell you what kind of weather we had on our most recent trip to Antietam National Battlefield. :-) Despite that, I loved Dunker Church as always, and decided to take some new shots that showed different features of the surrounding area. Here, the church is at left, while West Woods dominates the scene. At right is the edge of the 59TH New York monument.

Two roads can be seen: the one on the right is Hagerstown Pike, and the one coming past Dunker Church is an extension of Smoketown Road known as “Confederate Avenue.” In the distance you can see part of the sadly decrepit David Miller barn. (Hopefully a restoration of this historic structure is in the works!)


Co. K, 11TH North Carolina Infantry

Died July 01, 1863

Pvt. Creaseman’s surname has also been spelled “Creasman.” He enlisted in April 1863, husband of Jane and father of Julia (age 18), Thomas (age 15), Margaret (age 14), Fannie (age 10), Sarah (age 9), Philip (age 6), and John (age 2). Daughters named Alice and Emily are also included in some family records. Pvt. Creaseman has a memorial stone at Berea Baptist Church Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina.

(c) 2012-2014 Skies of Blue and Gray

Friday, August 8, 2014

August 08, 2014

***I’ll be away for a few days, so the next post will be Friday, August 15TH***

**Antietam Friday**

I’ve always thought Antietam’s National Cemetery has a completely different “feel” than Gettysburg’s, though that might just be personal opinion. Whatever the reason, I think this picture somehow illustrates the reverence of a sacred burial ground. In the distance, the large portrait statue fondly known as “Old Simon” lords over the tombstones. According to the National Park Service’s “teachers’ guide” to the cemetery, the soldier monument weighs about 280 tons. And did you know the monument was once displayed in Philadelphia? Many of the Park Service sites have teacher materials with fascinating facts like these.


Co. K, 120TH New York Infantry

Born 1826 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 37

Pvt. Abrams, a farmer, enlisted in August 1862. At the time his family consisted of wife Sarah, 11-year-old Frances, 4-year-old Charlotte, and 2-year-old Eunice. A son, Ambrose, would be born in October. Pvt. Abrams received a mortal wound to the head at Gettysburg and was buried in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. 

 (c) 2012-2014 Skies of Blue and Gray