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Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015



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This was the view no Yankee wanted to have. The barrel belongs to the Madison Artillery of Louisiana, also known as Moody’s Battery, and is a 24-pounder Howitzer crafted in Austria. The barrel was cast either in 1858 or 1859 (I’m not sure which of the two pieces this one is). What I love most about this photo is the details, and the fact that despite needing a good painting, this piece is in relatively good shape considering its age.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. JOHN ALBRIGHT
Co. F, 12th New Jersey Infantry

Born circa 1828 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 35

Pvt. Albright enlisted in August 1862 and was a farmer. At Gettysburg he suffered a mortal head wound and was first buried at the Peter Frey farm along Taneytown Road. He was later reinterred at Gettysburg National Cemetery.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 22, 2015



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This photo was taken along Wainwright Avenue at the base of East Cemetery Hill and shows the flow of Menchey’s Spring in the foreground. As usual, I’m loving the combination of wooden and rock fences, and the slope of Stevens’ Knoll (McKnight’s Hill during the battle) at right. In the left distance are the fields over which Hays’ Louisiana Tigers crossed on the night of July 3rd. One was to wonder if, hours later, any of the wounded Tigers managed to make their way down here to take a drink from the spring. Stranger things have happened.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. ELIAS HESTER
Co. K,45th North Carolina Infantry

Born circa 1843 --- Died July 26, 1863

Pvt. Hester, a farmer, enlisted in March 1862.His death was not the only tragedy which visited his family; his brother James had died in November 1862, and another brother, Stephen, died at the notorious Elmira prison in September 1864.


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Monday, July 20, 2015

July 20, 2015



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I don’t post many photos of the town of Gettysburg itself, so I figured it was high time. This particular picture was taken from one of our former hotels and shows Steinwehr Avenue. The town has a very quaint and homey feel that adds to the battle ambiance, even the sections with structures that were built after the Civil War. As many know, sunset at Gettysburg is a special occasion, and I liked being able to capture the big bright ball as it dipped down below the mountains. On a side note, hungry for sweets? Kilwin’s ice cream and Sunset Ice Cream Parlor make an appearance here, as well as some Civil War stores.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. FRANKLIN PETER WENDLING
Co. K, 151st Pennsylvania Infantry

Died July 17, 1863 at age 17

Pvt. Wendling, also spelled “Vendlin”, enlisted in October 1862 and was a farmer. He was wounded on the 1st of July and captured the next day, but soon released. He died at Mower Hospital in Philadelphia and was later buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

July 15, 2015



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This shot of the Wheatfield is taken from Ayres Avenue just “behind” Devil’s Den. This is very near the position of Cross’s Brigade because they stepped off into eternity. Take note of Winslow’s Battery far in the distance. For some strange reason I always forget there are boulders in the Wheatfield; when you picture soldiers marching through the field, you don’t realize they were tripping over rocks just as they were at many other places on the battlefield. As always, I loved the fences. They add such charm to the field, and of course a touch of authenticity.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. BURTON L. HARDMAN
Co. K, 13th Alabama Infantry

Born 1836/38 --- Died July 20, 1863

Pvt. Hardman, whose surname is also spelled Hardeman and Hardyman, enlisted in July 1861. He was wounded twice on the 1st of July and died of his wounds less than three weeks later. He was later buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. 


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