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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 01, 2014

** Happy New Year!! **

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.


Co. E, 15TH South Carolina Infantry

Born January 01, 1846--- Died July 02, 1863 at age 17

Though it’s always been common knowledge that teenagers were among the dead at Gettysburg, emotions always run high when I’m faced with definite proof of that fact. Pvt. Gladney was only 15 when he enlisted and he took part in many battles before being moved to Gen. Kershaw's Brigade. Some sources say he was moved to Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery years after his temporary burial at the Rose farm.

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