When I look back over my Gettysburg photos, the backgrounds are almost as interesting as the focal point. The main focus is a Parrott Rifle from Wyatt’s Battery, Albemarle Artillery, along West Confederate Avenue in McMillan Woods. This piece is a little worse for wear. Unfortunately, its markings have lost, so its true age may never be known.
The background, however, is even more historic. The “bushy” clump of trees seen in the center of the photo, now quite sparse, is the famous Copse. Further to the right is the Nicholas Codori barn. Except for the houses at far left (and the dying grass, as opposed to the healthy crops and sweeping fields of early July) the scene must have been much the same during the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge.
PVT. AMOS JOSEPH GLADNEY
Co. E, 15TH South Carolina Infantry
Born January 01, 1846--- Died July 02, 1863 at age 17
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