During a winter trip to Gettysburg I took a few random shots of Houck’s Ridge. Though at first they didn’t seem to be anything special, these photos show Gettysburg’s natural beauty . . . the boulders for which the battlefield is famous. The first photo shows a bright sky and a scene that appears very much as it would have in 1863; save for the 99TH Pennsylvania Infantry monument at the top of the ridge.
The second photo shows a scene dotted with boulders, still under that amazing sky, but this time there’s more interesting detail: At far left a bronze plaque on a granite base can be partially seen. It honors the First Division of the Second Brigade in Gen. Sickles’ Third Corps. The monument represents the 124TH New York Infantry. Part of an old-style wooden fence can also be seen at left. Like the other photo, the monument is the only thing out of place on a field that easily evokes the 19TH century battleground.
PVT. JOSEPH CALVIN CLIFFORD
Co. G, 5TH North Carolina Infantry
Born November 30, 1839 --- Died July 01, 1863 at age 23
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