My favorite time of day to take a nice, leisurely battlefield drive is just before dusk, when we’ve already accomplished the “must-do’s” and are ready for a relaxing tour without any preconceived notions. The above photo was taken at such a time. I was standing just in front of Gen. Longstreet’s equestrian statue at Pitzer Woods, looking out toward West Confederate Avenue. I imagine that "Old Pete's" view at the time of the battle must have been very similar, considering that no monuments can be seen in the photo. The only “modern” attribute is probably Confederate Avenue.
The artillery battery located across the road at left represents Blount’s Battery, Dearing’s Battalion of Confederate artillery. Two 12-pounder Napoleons mark the spot. You’ll notice that the plaque is missing; it’s been that way for quite a few years, presumably having been removed for cleaning and repainting. The large white domed building in the distance is the Pennsylvania State Memorial along Cemetery Ridge. I’m not sure which barn can be seen: either Klingle or Sherfy.
SGT. THOMAS BAT THOMPSON
Co. G, 52ND North Carolina Infantry
Born April 30, 1833 --- August 1863 at age 30
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