Favorite Close-ups, Part Two
In the second installment of my favorite close-ups photos, I chose the 53RD Pennsylvania Infantry’s bronze statue and the 17TH Maine Infantry’s granite masterpiece. The 53RD Pennsylvania monument is located along Brooke Avenue near the Wheatfield. Just seeing the way this statue’s eyes shift to the right makes you want to glance over to see if there really is anything to be concerned about. This monument dates from 1889, so he’s been making observant visitors nervous for quite awhile :-)
The 17TH Maine’s soldier is one of my favorites on the field. He’s been carved in the act of readying himself for combat at a stone wall, which, if you look at the “real” stone wall which runs behind the monument, is exactly what the Maine men were doing on the afternoon of July 02ND. I never really noticed the top of the monument until this last trip. It really is true that you could visit Gettysburg a thousand times and still see something new each time!
SGT. WASHINGTON KNIGHT
Co. C, 74TH New York Infantry
Born April 24, 1840 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 23
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