As every visitor knows all too well, Gettysburg’s hallowed ground and natural beauty do not prevent the rain from watering the fields indiscriminately. It was one of those days when I stopped by the 1ST Maryland Battalion, CSA, on Culp’s Hill. (It was later known as the 2ND Maryland, a change many veterans of the unit didn’t approve of). One of the things that fascinates me most about this pic (sad, I know) is that rock behind the monument on the left. Who sat there, stretched out there to sleep, perhaps spread his meager rations out for a last meal? Who encamped in those shadowy dark woods?
Let’s take note of the some of the particular architectural features of this monument. On the front face is the Maryland state seal, consisting of two figures (a fisherman and a plowman), with the Maryland flag in the center. The state motto is inscribed at bottom, Fatti maschii, parole femine, ‘manly/strong deeds, womanly/gentle words”. I believe the cross at the top is known as the Lord Baltimore cross.
CPT. AUSTIN BROCKENBROUGH, JR.
Co. D, 55TH Virginia Infantry
Born January 18, 1842 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 21
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