I never knew many particulars about the battle at Culp’s Hill, but lately it’s been coming up more often, and something I read recently really sparked my interest. The article concerned the Confederate dead at Gettysburg and how it’s common knowledge that there are still soldiers, mostly Southern, buried throughout the battlefield. I knew there were some of these men resting far from home on Culp’s Hill. What I didn’t know, however, was a number. According to “The Reporter”, a Lansdale, PA newspaper which quoted from The Hanover Evening Sun and Marc Charisse, “the National Park Service acknowledges there are at least 100, maybe more than 200 Confederate soldiers still interred in the thick woods that cover the Culp’s Hill area.”
The article goes on to say that “the NPS leaves the bodies buried because current archaeological practice in all national parks is to disturb as little as possible, so that future generations will have intact sites available for study.” This makes Culp’s Hill very eerie, at least in my opinion. At any place on the battlefield you might be standing over soldiers’ remains, but at Culp’s Hill you know they’re there.
1ST LT. JOSHUA SIMSTER GARSED
Co. B, 23RD Pennsylvania Infantry
Born November 11, 1839 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 23
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