My favorite Gettysburg photos are the ones in which there are multiple points of interest. In this photo I took a few years ago, the main focus is on Iverson’s Pits, in the foreground, where Gen. Iverson’s North Carolinians were ambushed after having been sent on a botched mission to seek out hidden Union troops. (The exact spot is not known, but this is the general area). However, in the distance, there are other interesting features.
The road that intersects horizontally is Mummasburg Road, while the road running away from the camera, where monuments can be seen, is Buford Avenue. Two monuments are visible: the closest is the 9TH New York Cavalry. The more distant, elaborate and decorated with granite horses’ heads, represents the 6TH New York Cavalry. The barn in the center distance is the iconic McPherson Barn. The woods just behind it are McPherson’s (Herbst) Woods, where the 24TH Michigan Infantry and the 26TH North Carolina Infantry, among others, were engaged in a deadly contest for several hours.
To the left, when zooming in, a green light can be seen. This is the intersection of Reynolds Avenue and Chambersburg Pike / Route 30. Just to the left of the light is the bridge that crosses the infamous Railroad Cut. South Mountain looms in the distance. Of interest, many of Gen. Lee’s Confederate soldiers were forced to cross South Mountain on their way to Gettysburg.
PVT. NEVERSON CONE
Co. A, 47TH North Carolina Infantry
Born 1841 --- Died August 1863 at age 22
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