Remembering Those Who Died
The Peach Orchard is one of my favorite places on the battlefield, probably because it seems out of the way at least in my eyes . . . we rarely take the time to drive out Emmitsburg Road during the auto tour route. This time, however, I wanted some good, unique shots of the orchard and the Sherfy farm, and I caught this odd occurrence: a harsh wind-storm has all but snapped the small fragile trees. It looks as if a tornado went through here. Though it’s difficult to tell on this photo, it was taken on a beautiful blue-sky day, warm temps and abundant sunshine. The cannon making an appearance on center stage is a 3-inch Ordnance Rifle representing Thompson’s Battery C, Pennsylvania Light Artillery.
Lately I’ve been studying Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade, and the distance they had to cover --- from Seminary Ridge to the Peach Orchard and beyond --- reminds me of the march made by the men of the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge, though under vastly different circumstances and with different results. The Mississippians faced a huddle of Union infantry and various hulking artillery batteries here among the peaches. It’s doubtful that the men in blue and gray had time to take notice of the trees and the pastoral setting, but if they did, such a homey scene likely reminded many of their childhood haunts.
PVT. CHARLES HENRY FINCH
Co. B, 11TH Virginia Infantry
Born December 02, 1833 --- July 03, 1861 at age 29
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