Favorite Close-ups, Part Three
Human figures aren’t the only close-ups I noticed on Gettysburg monuments. While sitting along Sedgwick Avenue, I captured this neat headshot of a horse on the 1ST Massachusetts Cavalry monument. This handsome hunk of stone has stood at this spot since 1885, likely a favorite for horse-lovers everywhere. Sedgwick Avenue can be reached by going straight after coming down off Little Round Top / Sykes Avenue instead of turning left on Wheatfield Road.
The second photo is the 96TH Pennsylvania Infantry along Wheatfield Road near the “Valley of Death” and Devil’s Den. With the trees behind him providing a backdrop that wouldn’t have been so different in the 19TH century, it almost seems as if a real-life soldier has been frozen in time and encased in granite. This is one of my favorite monuments and definitely packs a punch when seen up-close.
2ND LT. WILLIAM ALEXANDER BRAY
Co. B, 2ND North Carolina Infantry
Born November 28, 1834 --- Died July 01, 1863 at age 28
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