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This photo of the Virginians’ July 3RD step-off point has a lot going for it. First of all, it shows one of my favorite places and one of the battlefield “haunts” that touches me most: the fields where the men of the ill-fated Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge fought and fell. Also, it has an array of fences, a frost of snow, and a nice contrast of colors. Above and to the right of the first monument, Gen. Lee stands tall and proud atop Traveler at the Virginia State Memorial. Spangler’s Woods can be seen from left to right.
One thing I noticed about the photo was that it showed three monuments rarely seen: The 12TH New Jersey Infantry to the right of the leftmost tree, while two other markers, to the 14TH Connecticut Infantry, can be seen to the right of the fourth tree. In 1863 the Bliss farm stood in this area, but sadly it was damaged during the battle and the family never recovered from the financial loss.
PVT. FRANCIS “FRANK” ROYAL
Co. F, 40TH New York Infantry
Born November 28, 1837 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 25
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