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Although practically everything about the battle of Gettysburg and its participants fascinates me, I guess you could say I’ve “adopted” a few regiments which I find particularly interesting, not for any personal reason, but just because they “spoke to” me in some way or another. One of these is the 140TH New York Infantry. They were slated to help out at the Wheatfield, were on their way, when the dire situation at Little Round Top was made clear to them and they rushed right into action. Just like that. The first photo is of their monument. Take note of the bust of Col. Patrick O’Rorke.
The second photo shows, more or less, the path that the 140TH took when they charged down over the slope to stop the tide of Confederates. (That’s the 16TH Michigan monument to the right). I don’t know exactly how the ground cover was in 1863, but I know that the soldiers saw, touched, crouched behind, and perhaps died against these very same boulders. Big Round Top sprawls in the distance . . . part of Houck’s Ridge, and Warfield Ridge beyond it, can be seen at upper right.
PVT. LESTER NELSON
Co. K, 126TH New York Infantry
Born abt. 1844 --- Died July 03 (or 05), 1863 at age 19
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