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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017



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For some reason this staircase reminds me of something you’d see inside a large ship. Actually, it’s located inside the Pennsylvania State Memorial. This 110-foot-tall monument was dedicated in 1910, though I imagine the stairs have been probably been replaced more recently after a century of foot traffic. Interestingly, much of the monument is made of North Carolina granite. By entering the monument and climbing quite a few stairs, you’ll have a fine view of the surrounding battlefield.


**HONORED TODAY**

CPT. DAVID ACHESON
Born January 10, 1841 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 22

Co. C, 140TH Pennsylvania Infantry

Cpt. Acheson enlisted in August 1862, a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College. He was mortally wounded at Stony Hill (supposedly shot twice by members of the 3RD South Carolina) and later received a third wound. He was buried at Washington Cemetery in Washington, Pennsylvania, and his photo can be found here.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017



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The initial view from Little Round Top is a very special experience. In this shot we see the Devil’s Den witness tree (the first distant tree at center left which “sticks out”), the Philip Snyder farmhouse (top center), the 99TH Pennsylvania monument (hard to see, center of the photo), and Rose Woods, as well as part of Crawford Avenue at bottom right. The darkness of the trees which surround the view on either side gives it a mysterious and intriguing quality.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. RICHARD JAMES NASH
Born 1836 --- Died August 16, 1863 at age 27

Co. G, 9TH Virginia Infantry

Pvt. Nash was mortally wounded in the right femur and suffered an amputation as a result. Secondary hemorrhaging brought on his death, and he passed away at Camp Letterman over a month after being wounded. He was eventually buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017



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Something else to make you long for spring in Gettysburg! I took this photo of redbuds at Little Round Top a few springs ago, and can’t wait to see them again. The 140TH New York Infantry monument is visible through the branches at bottom center-left. The skies aren’t very inviting, but they’re intriguing nonetheless . . . a hint of rain on the battlefield is always a treat for those who love ambiance, though perhaps not for those on Segways, bikes, motorcycles, or their own two feet.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. TALMADGE WOOD
Died July 14, 1863

Co. C, 150TH New York Infantry

Pvt. Wood enlisted in September 1862. He married Lydia and was widowed when she died in 1854. He had two daughters, Phoebe born 1840 and Maria born 1845. He was mortally wounded in the chest on July 3RD, supposedly by a sharpshooter, and died 11 days later. Pvt. Wood was buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017



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I fell in love with last week's cannon, so here's another one. :-) It's a very nice artillery specimen located at the Mississippi State Memorial near Millerstown Road, just like the last one. This 24-pounder Howitzer is part of Moody’s Battery, also known as the Madison Light Artillery. Note the gray, ugly sky, a typical sight if you visit Gettysburg in autumn. Not that I’m complaining . . . those dreary skies produce quite an ambiance, which can only work in the visitor’s favor.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. HARDY R. NORRIS
Born 1840 --- Died August 1863 age 23

Co. B, 15TH Alabama Infantry

Pvt. Norris’ death date is given both as August 27TH and August 29TH, at Camp Letterman. Records show that he likely died “from complications from use of chloroform” while his chest wound was being treated. He was later buried at Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery. 


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