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Monday, June 2, 2014

June 02, 2014

What do you get when you mix a nice cool morning, zero cars in your way, and a sudden hankering to take a little walk? Why, these nice pics of the Railroad Cut, of course :-) It was early enough that I didn’t fear being flattened by tourists who drive more like they’re in a hurry to get somewhere than to tour the battlefield at leisure, so I took my own sweet time.

I focused on the area where Davis’s Mississippians battled it out with New Yorkers and Wisconsinites on July 1ST. The first photo shows the 2NDMississippi’s position in the Cut (with the 14TH Brooklyn monument and the Edward McPherson barn at left) while the second photo gives an overview of the fields the brigade traversed before reaching this spot.


Co. G, 47TH North Carolina Infantry

Born 1826 --- Died August 23 or 29, 1863 at age 37

Pvt. Long was married to Emily and had seven children at the time of his death: William aged 13, Walter aged 11, Mollie aged nine, Dora aged six, George aged four, Johnny aged three, and Emily, an infant. Another child had been born and died in 1861. At Gettysburg Pvt. Long suffered two wounds and died nearly two months later after having been taken to Richmond for treatment. 

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