The longer I study Gettysburg and all its nooks and crannies, the more I find myself inexplicably drawn to certain regiments for no particular reason other than that they strike a chord with me. One of these is the 114th Pennsylvania, “Collis’ Zouaves.” (The ‘honored today’ section in my January 2nd post explains how wounded members of this unit met a horrific fate when the barn in which they were resting burned down during the battle). As I studied where exactly the 114th had been on the field, I was surprised to note that I had taken a photo showing their route without being aware of it at the time. This happens often . . . I find myself wanting to take a particular shot without it having much meaning, then later I learn that a unit in which I’m interested actually fought at that spot.
The above image shows many battlefield features. The part of the photo that involves the 114th Pennsylvania ranges from the area of the George Weikert farm where the regiment camped out on the night of July 1st (at right; it’s not visible here); the Abraham Trostle farm visible in the top center; and the fields now known as “Excelsior Field,” which the 114th had to cross before passing through the Peach Orchard to the Joseph Sherfy farm. The Peach Orchard is directly to the left and out of the photo. However, this image is significant for more than the 114th Pennsylvania. Various other events took place here during the battle of Gettysburg, including the 9th Massachusetts Battery’s stand at the Trostle Farm and the Excelsior Brigade’s tussle in the field shown here in the center.
Co. K, 16th North Carolina Infantry
Born 1835 --- Died July 1863 at age 28
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