Despite this being a monument constructed decades after the battle, it somehow seems to fit in with the natural landscape. One could easily imagine that this is a photo of some obscure European castle with a protective stone wall above a field of waving weeds. In actuality, it’s the 12TH and 44TH New York Infantry monument, and the stone wall was built on July 03RD to protect Union defenders from a possible second onslaught by Confederate attackers. This shot is quite unique in the sense that there are no people on the photo. The “castle” is usually full to the brim with tourists and photo-seekers. I guess the cold November day was just too much for them!
PVT. LUMAN FRANCIS FAIRBANKS
Co. H, 16TH Massachusetts Infantry
Born February 22, 1842 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 21
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