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Friday, February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

**Antietam Friday**

If you go at the right time, Antietam National Battlefield is a very peaceful place. That makes it much easier to take the side roads, to linger, and to see things you might have missed before. One of these places is the Philadelphia Brigade Park, named for a Pennsylvania brigade that would also achieve fame at Gettysburg’s Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge almost ten months later. The monument represents the boys of the 69TH, 71ST, 72ND, and 106TH Pennsylvania Infantry units.

The second photo shows the base of the monument and the surrounding scenery. This was a very quiet and out-of-the-way stop and yet you couldn’t help but “feel” the importance of the battlefield even without an abundance of monuments and markers. I particularly like the large American flag that some caring visitor left for the Union boys. Both at Antietam and Gettysburg, I love seeing flags, flowers, wreaths, and the like. It’s a powerful reminder that we still consider the boys in blue and gray our extended family members and will keep their memories alive as long as we’re able.


Co. C, 11TH Virginia Infantry

Born April 06, 1842 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 21

Pvt. Tweedy was one of many young men who died at the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge. In civilian life he’d been a farmer, enlisting in May 1861 and somehow surviving over two years in the army. Luck hadn’t favored him; in May 1862 he was wounded at Williamsburg but survived. After his Gettysburg death he was buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.

(c) 2013-2014 Skies of Blue and Gray

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