A shout-out to the Irish Brigade today – Happy St. Patrick’s Day, boys in blue!
On my most recent trip to Gettysburg, I realized I had no photos of the McPherson barn except for the typical view from Reynolds Avenue, so I set out to capture some different angles. I stopped along Stone-Meredith Avenue to snap a photo that shows how little Gettysburg has changed since 1863. Except for one modern building to the left of the barn, everything appears to be authentic to the period. The side of the Leister house / Gen. Lee’s headquarters can be seen at left. The Lutheran Seminary cupola, which resembles the original, towers above the trees at right.
The second view is broader, showing the barn at right. Though little is visible besides fencing and trees, there are two monuments, or rather one monument and a flank marker. I haven’t been able to identify the flank marker, but the monument at far left is the 149TH Pennsylvania Infantry, known as the “Bucktails.”
PVT. WILLIAM D. HUDSON
Co. H, 32ND Massachusetts Infantry
Born January 26, 1838 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 25
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