If you’ve been to Gettysburg during peak season, you probably know how hard it is to stop and get photos of the Irish Brigade monument without sharing the space with a gaggle of other people. There’s just something about the monument, or its lovable Irish wolfhound, that seems to attract visitors. When I finally got the chance to stop, I made sure to really take in the area, not just the monument.
The first photo is one of my favorite monument shots, taken during my last trip this May. The second shows the Irish Brigade’s position (at least the New York regiments; the 28TH Massachusetts and the 116TH Pennsylvania, also part of the brigade, were positioned elsewhere), and there’s something eerie about those woods. Of course, there’s something eerie about most of Gettysburg’s woods . . .
PVT. JOHN BRUNDAGE
Co. C, 137TH New York Infantry
Born about 1838 --- Died July 23, 1863
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