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Monday, August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016



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This view taken from the top of the Pennsylvania Memorial shows a portion of Cemetery Ridge looking toward Emmitsburg Road. The distant tree-line is Seminary Ridge. Visible farms are the Abraham Trostle farm (far center left) and the Daniel Klingle farm (center-right). In the foreground, one Ordnance Rifle from Pennsylvania Batteries C and F and the Napoleons of Battery C, 4TH U. S. Artillery can also be seen. Of particular interest is the shadow of “Winged Victory” which tops the memorial, spreading across Hancock Avenue.


**HONORED TODAY**

1ST SGT. JOSHUA MARTIN ADKINS
Co. D, 42ND Mississippi Infantry

Born 1837 --- Died July 01, 1863 at age 23

1ST Sgt. Adkins enlisted in May 1862. His pre-war residence was named as Flewellin’s Cross Roads, Mississippi, where he was a merchant. He was killed near the Railroad Cut on the afternoon of July 1ST. Unfortunately, I have little information concerning his life.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016



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The 9TH Massachusetts Battery monument is located along Wheatfield Road and is flanked by two Model 1857 Napoleons. The gun tube on the left dates from 1862 and was cast by the Revere Copper Co., while the one on the right is a rifled piece and was cast by the Alger Armory in 1862. I particularly like this photo as the fences in the background are a perfect prop. The monument itself was dedicated in 1885. I believe the red barn just barely visible to the left is part of the Daniel Klingle farm.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. THURSTON THOMAS

Co. D, 134TH New York Infantry

Born 1844 --- Died July 20, 1863

Pvt. Thomas enlisted in August 1862. He was mortally wounded in the left leg on the third day of battle and later died from his injuries. His final resting place is in Gettysburg National Cemetery.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016



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If you were a member of Gen. Robertson’s Texas Brigade on the afternoon of July 2ND, 1863, this would have been your view as you waited to begin the attack. I imagine the scene must have appeared much the same --- not a power line in sight. The only modern-looking things are South Confederate Avenue and the spattering of monuments on the crest of what was once called ‘Sugarloaf Mountain’. From left to right we can see the Philip Snyder and/or Michael Bushman farm fields, Little Round Top with the 12TH/44TH New York “castle” monument, Big Round Top, and the Bushman farm. The little white barn to the left of the stone and brick house may be part of the Slyder farm.


**HONORED TODAY**

2ND LT. FREDERICK W. BLISS
Co. B, 8TH Georgia Infantry

Born September 10, 1839 --- Died July 04, 1863

2ND Lt. Bliss was mortally wounded during the battle of Gettysburg and is thought to have died at the John Edward Plank farm. Friends spoke highly of him and remembered his mother’s devotion to him throughout his life. He was buried secondly at Baltimore then finally interred in Savannah’s Laurel Grove Cemetery.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016


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Just off Emmitsburg Road is a narrow dirt farm lane marked with the sign “Rose Farm”, and along this road you’ll find the ruins of the George Rose barn. This is the original barn that stood at the time of the battle, though sadly it was destroyed in a lightning storm in 1910. It’s fascinating to imagine the many wounded soldiers who lingered and died or perhaps grew stronger and survived within its ruined walls. Fortunately the ruins were allowed to remain here rather than be torn down, giving us another glimpse into Gettysburg’s 1863 landscape and preserving one of many witness buildings even in damaged form.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. IREDELL LAMSON

Co. H, 20TH Maine Infantry

Born abt. 1843 --- Died July 03, 1863

Pvt. Lamson (also listed as Lampson) enlisted in August 1862. He was mortally wounded on July 2ND (either in the right leg or the abdomen) and died the next day. His sixteen-year-old brother Pelatiah died at home in 1863, compounding the family’s grief. Pvt. Lamson’s final resting place is Gettysburg’s National Cemetery, where he is listed as an unknown.


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