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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 21, 2015

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At least in my opinion, Culp’s Hill is one of those battlefield haunts that seems relatively untouched (safe for an abundance of monuments and the observation tower). Unlike the rest of the field, constantly abuzz with traffic and curious tourists, Culp’s Hill still has a sort of eerie field, as if it still carries the memories of combat. The woods are thick, mostly untraveled ... rumor has it that they still hold Confederate graves. While enjoying the spirit of the place, this particular cannon caught my eye because it appeared to have been recently repainted. It represents Pennsylvania’s Independent Battery E, also known as Knap’s Battery.

The first photo shows the 10-pounder Parrott Rifle with an interesting background. The Napoleon at left belongs to Battery K, 5TH United States Artillery, while the marker to its right describes the battery’s action at Gettysburg. Note the observation tower (wonder if there were any hearty intrepid souls up there ...). The second photo showcases some of the woodland of north Culp’s Hill. I particularly like the cannon wheel shadow and the sun glinting off the barrel.


Co. C, 28TH North Carolina Infantry

Born 1824 --- Died September 03, 1863 at age 39 

Pvt. Bolch enlisted in March 1863, the husband of Martha Ann and father of seven children under the age of 16 ... Nathaniel (age 15, who enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1864), Mira (age 13), Job (age 11), Julia (age 9), Harriet (age 5), Mary (age 3), and Jefferson (age 2). He was mortally wounded at the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge and taken as a prisoner of war to a Federal hospital at Chester, PA (according to Find A Grave, “Ward A, Bed No. 2”), where he died of his wounds. Pvt. Bolch was later buried at Philadelphia National Cemetery at the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

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