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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017

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If you’re a history or geology buff / nerd in any way, shape or form, you’ll probably find yourself wondering when every single one of these cracks was formed in this Gettysburg boulder, and will probably be fascinated just thinking about all that molten rock rising above the earth's surface in prehistoric days. This particular boulder is located at Devil’s Den, and the picture has some interesting photo bombers . . . the Witness Tree at top left, and Little Round Top’s “castle” monument at center right.


Born 1840 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 23

Co. F, 48TH Georgia Infantry

Pvt. Anderson enlisted in March 1862. He was married to Charlotte and had a daughter Martha, who was two years old when her father died in battle. 

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Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017

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The colors of autumn in Gettysburg are offset so perfectly by wooden fences and stone walls and blue skies, and of course by the occasional Napoleon, Ordnance Rifle, and Parrott Rifle here and there. This Napoleon belongs to Battery B., 4TH U. S. Artillery, and is located just behind the recently-renovated Lee’s Headquarters complex. It was returned to its original position in 2016. This is such a peaceful scene that I can imagine just camping out here beside the cannon, painting, sketching, or photographing your surroundings until the chill of autumn chases you indoors. I don’t believe there’s any season in which Gettysburg doesn’t show off her beauty.


Died August 18, 1863

Co. H, 14TH Vermont Infantry

Pvt. Noyes enlisted in September 1862 and was a farmer. He was wounded by a shell on the 3RD of July, and lingered in the Camp Letterman hospital for more than a month. I was unable to find much information on his life, and nothing on his burial.  

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017

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** Due to internet connectivity problems, I'm putting this in a day early **

This is an autumn shot of Triangular Field bordered by Rose Woods. With the weeds dying away, it’s much easier to see the carpet of boulders at this time of year, and to take a closer look at the old stone wall. (No one is certain whether or not this is the original wall. I would imagine it’s probably been restacked a time or two).If the grass was relatively low in July, the soldiers could have seen these rocks and tried to avoid them a little during their uphill climb, but as they were obligated to keep their eyes on the enemy, they likely didn’t have that option. Staying in formation must have been an impossible task, indeed.


Born December 24, 1835 --- Died July 03, 1863

Co. E, 42ND Mississippi Infantry

Pvt. Akers enlisted in May 1862. He was married to Narcissa and was the father of two children, Mary (born 1861) and Nathaniel (born 1863). Little is known of his life.  

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