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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.
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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