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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

 **Please join me in remembering the dead of Antietam on the 152nd anniversary of that battle**


As is probably obvious, this view of Gettysburg's Evergreen Cemetery gatehouse was taken from East Cemetery Hill. :-) This impressive structure was first built in 1855, and only the side section to the right and the inner white section (at left of doorway) have been added. It always fascinates me to know that the soldiers would have seen a building that I’m seeing, minus a few modern additions.

I found the stone walls inside the gate to be quite interesting; didn’t notice it when I visited, but then again, that was years ago! The second photo is cropped from a plaque on East Cemetery Hill and shows how the Evergreen gatehouse would have appeared in 1863.


Co. A, 38TH Virginia Infantry

Born 1832 --- July 03, 1863 at age 31

Cpl. Clements enlisted in April 1862. He left behind a wife, Harriet, and three small children, Laura (age 4), Harriett or Henrietta (age 3), and John Wesley (age 2). A fourth child, Green, would be born in 1863. Sadly, Cpl. Clements was not his family’s only loss. His brother Bedford died in Elmira prison camp in March 1865.

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