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Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014

I am absolutely fascinated with Gettysburg boulders. Just knowing that they’re standing at the exact same spot where the soldiers once saw them is intriguing enough, but to ponder their age, to imagine how they might have come up through the earth so randomly, in a variety of shapes and sizes, blows my mind. There are small boulders, large flat, tall wide ones, and of course the amazing Devil’s Den. Perhaps the boulders are a big reason why I love the area near the Irish Brigade so much.


Co. I, 69TH Pennsylvania Infantry

Died July 03, 1863 

Pvt. Head’s death is especially tragic since it was due to an incident of “friendly fire.” The 69TH was positioned in front of Lt. Cushing’s Battery A, 4TH United States Artillery, and the battery’s guns were fired without proper precautions being taken to ensure that no Union soldiers were in harm’s way. Pvt. Head suffered a severe wound that resulted in an instant death, a fate shared by another man in his regiment, Pvt. Christian Rohlfing. Pvt. Head had enlisted in August 1861. 

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