The George Rose family would never again encounter horrors such as they witnessed during the battle of Gettysburg. What started out as a beautiful farmstead on idyllic fields bordering a small, unassuming town ended up as a collection of blood-stained and hallowed spaces that somehow seemed to hold in the agonies of the dead. The property was used as a Confederate field hospital and was later happened upon by Union soldiers as well. Many of the Southern dead were initially buried at the Rose farm before being taken south for reburial. It must be wondered if all these hapless men were indeed removed. Many were from Georgia and South Carolina and participated in the attack against Stony Hill, which lies just beyond the infamous “Bloody Wheatfield.” The stone Rose barn, which must have been lovely, burned about seventy years after the battle. Unfortunately, many if not all of its harrowing stories have been lost forever.
LT. COL. ALEXANDER DANIEL CALLCOTE
Born June 1830 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 33
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