***Note: I just wanted to let everyone know since this is a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday blog, I'll be visiting Gettysburg on Thursday and Friday and Friday's post may be a bit late.***
Anyone traveling Hancock Avenue toward the Pennsylvania State Memorial along Cemetery Ridge will notice this large structure. It’s not a state memorial and doesn’t appear to be a regimental monument, but it’s obviously an important tribute. This is the New York Officers Monument. Unveiled in 1925, its age is showing, but that somehow gives it a more somber appeal. From the road it’s difficult to see that each granite block is filled with names. In between the spreading ‘wings’ of the semicircular monument is a column topped with an eagle and decorated with New York’s official seal.
2ND LT. ROBERT WATKINS BAILEY
Co. H, 44th Virginia Infantry
Born March 13, 1840 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 23
Lt. Bailey’s prewar residence was likely Amelia Court House, Virginia. He enlisted in Richmond on June 18, 1861. He was later reburied at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
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