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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016

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From left to right on this photo: Rose Woods, 124TH New York Infantry monument, part of Triangular Field, marker for Benning’s Georgia brigade, 99TH Pennsylvania Infantry monument, Smith’s 4TH New York Independent Battery, and a few twisted old branches of the Devil’s Den witness tree. Sickles Avenue runs along the bottom. This is one of my favorite places on the field --- the second day’s battlefield has always interested me the most for some reason, and I find myself most fascinated by Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield, and Little Round Top. I’m slowly warming to the Peach Orchard as well.



Co. D, 29TH Ohio Infantry
Born 1839-40 --- Died July 1863

Pvt. Pontius (also spelled Pontious) was a wagon-maker. His death date is given as July 02ND, 3RD, and 6TH, and I could not determine which was correct. He was later buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery (his stone says “25TH Ohio"). There is also a cenotaph honoring his memory at Martin Cemetery in Grundy County, Missouri (likely where his family later settled).

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Monday, July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016

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Though you don’t always notice monument details during a casual battlefield drive, I was looking over my photos and saw that the 17TH Pennsylvania Infantry cavalryman is missing the brim of his kepi. Whether this was vandalism or just happenstance is unknown to me. The Gettysburg Stone Sentinels site says that the model for this soldier was Sgt. George Ferree.

On another note, Sgt. Ferree’s horse is portraying a whole range of emotions. Just look at the detail . . . Gettysburg’s monuments are an attraction in their own right, and pay proper homage to the fallen men they represent. It’s hard to imagine a solid block of granite being carved into something so wondrous and grand. The person (or people) who crafted the 17TH Pennsylvania Infantry’s memorial certainly exhibits great talent.


Co. A, 33RD North Carolina Infantry

Born bet. 1836-1838 --- Died July 02, 1863

Pvt. Hallman enlisted in late May 1863 and served just over one month in the military before being killed at Gettysburg. Left to mourn were his wife Belzora or Belza, and two young daughters, Laura (aged 4) and Dora (aged 1).

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016

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If you’ve been keeping up with Gettysburg news, you probably know that the motel which once surrounded Gen. Lee’s headquarters has been torn down and the ground restored to its original state, and that the non-historic dormers were removed from the house. It’s wonderful to see the progress! Here’s a photo from before its great renovation. This is one of my favorite structures in Gettysburg due not only to its historical value but also because there’s something special about old stone homes.


Co. C, 11TH Massachusetts Infantry

Born abt. 1841 --- Died July 27/29, 1863

Pvt. Flemming enlisted in June 1861 and may have been born in Ireland. He was a boot-maker by trade, and his final resting place is at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

July 11, 2016

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Heading down the path that leads from Hancock Avenue and the Angle to Gen. Meade’s headquarters, you’ll see many interesting things: Artillery, monuments, and peaceful, pastoral scenes. Here I stood on the path and looked back toward the starting-point, capturing Gen. Meade’s equestrian statue, the 10TH New York Infantry monument, and Batteries F & K of the 3RD U. S. Artillery. You may know that while the cannon carriages are usually much newer than the battle, the guns themselves are often authentic and date to Civil War times. The barrel at left dates from 1862 and was forged at the Henry N. Hooper and Co. foundry in Boston, while the one at right was forged in 1862 at Boston’s Cyrus Alger foundry.


Co. K, 14TH North Carolina Infantry

Born January 15, 1842 --- Died July 01, 1863 at age 21

Pvt. Nowell enlisted in May 1861 and was a machinist. After being killed at Gettysburg he was originally buried on the battlefield and later moved to Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.

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