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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December 07, 2016



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This sunset view of McPherson’s Ridge shows the much-improved view of General Lee’s headquarters. With Larson's Quality Inn and Appalachian Brewing Company removed, the old brownstone house stands out beside Route 30, just as it should. Other historic structures on this photo include the Krauth House (the brick home at center right) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary chapel (which doesn’t date from the battle, but is still impressive). Gettysburg at sunset . . . it has a beauty all its own.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. DAVID NASH
Died July 02, 1863

Co. F, 44TH New York Infantry

Pvt. Nash enlisted in August 1861. He was shot in the chest and killed on the second day of battle, first buried at Little Round Top and later reinterred in Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. The large “castle” monument which sits on the crest of Little Round Top is dedicated to his regiment.


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Monday, December 5, 2016

December 05, 2016



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Just another scenic afternoon at the Bryan farm. The rustic hand-pump is located at the old farmhouse, and across the road stands the barn with visible bullet-holes. Beyond the farm, the fields of the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge spread out, while at top right we can see where battlefield meets town and vintage meets modern. General Lee’s equestrian statue along Confederate Avenue is visible at top left, while Emmitsburg Road also makes an appearance (white vehicle clearly marks its place).


**HONORED TODAY**

SGT. THOMAS JEFFERSON GRAVES
Died September 03, 1863

Co. I, 21ST Georgia Infantry

Sgt. Graves enlisted in July 1861 and was married to Sarah. He is one of the few Confederates buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery by mistake (this time in the Pennsylvania section), and still lies there today. His grave marker says “J. Graves, Co. C, Regt. 1.”


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016



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Here’s the place where those epic Little Round Top scenes recreated in the “Gettysburg” movie took place . . . the site of the struggle between Joshua Chamberlain’s Mainers and the rugged Alabamians. As a Yankee I have no problem with giving the 20TH Maine their due, but it seems to me as if the 15TH Alabama doesn’t generate nearly as much admiration. Considering that they’d marched thirty miles with no water, then made multiple charges up the slopes before being repulsed, I think they ought to be equally praised. Just to the right of this photo is the 20TH Maine monument which, judging by the amount of pennies left on the base, is visited quite often.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. DEGRASSE HANNESS
and
PVT. ELIAS HANNESS
 
Co. C, 147TH New York Infantry


Pvt. DeGrasse and Pvt. Elias Hanness were father and son, both killed at Gettysburg. Elias was born c. 189 and died July 15 while DeGrasse was born c. 1843 and died on the first day of battle, July 1ST. DeGrasse was described as being 5’10½” tall with blue eyes and dark hair. Both were farmers, and Elias also worked as a miller. Both men are buried in Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. Elias’s stone spells his surname “Hannis.”


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Monday, November 28, 2016

November 28, 2016



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A nice quiet walk from East Confederate Avenue down to Rock Creek yielded this autumn-y view of the 28TH Pennsylvania. Dedicated in 1885, it has stood guard in this very place for 131 years. I had never seen this monument in person, so the walk was worth it even though the new fence keeping folks from falling into Rock Creek wasn’t particularly aesthetic. Most unnerving? Distant gunshots, which everyone insisted came from hunters, but which I found pretty eerie on Culp’s Hill on a lonely morning . . .


**HONORED TODAY**

COL. WILLIAM DABNEY STUART
56TH Virginia Infantry

Born September 1830 --- Died July 29/30, 1863 age at 32
                                                                                                     
Col. Stuart graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1850 and later became a teacher in Richmond. He enlisted in September 1861. Mortally wounded during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge, he was taken to Staunton, Virginia, where he later died. Col. Stuart was buried at Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton. A photo can be found here.


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