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Monday, August 4, 2014

August 04, 2014

Here’s a June photo taken from the pathway at the Peach Orchard, showing all my favorite things: Monuments, cannon, a historic farm, and those iconic Gettysburg fences. The “bullet” at center left is the 7TH New Jersey, one of my favorite monuments. Beside it is Clark’s New Jersey Battery (nice Parrott Rifles). The center of the photo is dominated by the Abraham Trostle farm and its shiny new renovations. To the right, hidden by the large witness tree, is the white Trostle farmhouse.

In the distance (toward the left) is the half-moon-shaped monument dedicated to New York officers. Check out the marker at far center left, beside the leftmost tree; it shows where Gen. Sickles was wounded on July 2ND. I think one of my favorite things about this picture is the “border” at the bottom, created by a wooden fence that borders Wheatfield Road. If you squint you can see the fence that runs along United States Avenue past the Trostle farm as well (just the tops of the posts).


140TH Pennsylvania Infantry

Born June 05, 1820 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 43

Col. Roberts carried much responsibility in life, not only in a military capacity but also in a familial one: his wife Caroline had died in early 1862, leaving behind a little daughter named Emma. Two other children had passed away previously (Thomas, b. and d. Apr 1852, and Mary (Jan 1856 – Jan 1857). Col. Roberts was a lawyer by occupation and lost his life near the infamous Wheatfield. He was buried at Beaver Cemetery in Beaver, PA. A picture can be found here.

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