Happy Thanksgiving, all!
I’ve probably said before that Gettysburg at sunset is a magical place. Though the feeling of reverence, sorrow, and pride exists during the day, it’s somehow magnified at dusk, and the pent-up emotions seem to overflow during that time. I was lucky enough to catch the Copse at sunset, and despite being more or less chilled to the bone, I really enjoyed it.
At far left is the monument to Cowan’s New York artillery. The bronze sign directly beside the Copse pays homage to the 20TH Massachusetts Infantry, whose unique boulder monument can be found nearby. The cannon is a 3-inch Ordnance Rifle dating from 1862 and was produced at Phoenix Iron Works in Phoenixville, PA. The two cannon on either side of the bronze “High Water Mark” book are part of the memorial. You might notice that the trees have thinned out considerably over the past few decades. To the right is that monument most photographed, especially at sunrise or sunset: the 72ND Pennsylvania Infantry.
2ND Lt. Jasper Newton Beck
Co. E, 3RD Battalion Georgia Sharpshooters
Born May 10, 1832 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 31
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