Anyone who has visited Gettysburg in the fog knows that there’s an eerie quality not easily explained. Whether or not you’ve seen distant figures of soldiers in the mist, those foggy mornings make for some great photos, such as this capture of the 7th New Jersey Infantry monument above. When I came upon that photo in my archives I decided to study the regiment’s history and see what exactly they accomplished at Gettysburg.
The attack against the Peach Orchard was too much for the nearby New Jersey artillery, which retreated in full view of the 7th New Jersey Infantry. Instead of following suit, the 7th and their gallant Colonel Louis Francine led a short and ill-fated charge an in attempt to keep the Confederates at bay. I’d have to say this is one of my favorite Gettysburg monuments not only due to the sleek and somber design but also to the way I remember first seeing it: shrouded in fog one mysterious battlefield morning.
CPL. HENRY EVANS
Co. A, 1st Massachusetts Infantry
Born 1837 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 26
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