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Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015

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Here’s a view of Cemetery Ridge taken from McMillan’s Woods a few years back. You can see a number of large monuments (from left to right, the United States Regulars, the Vermont State Memorial, and the Pennsylvania State Memorial) as well as quite a few smaller monuments. The Nicholas Codori farm adds a pop of color to the view. Fun fact: Did you know that’s not the original barn? (I know . . . I was disappointed too). I like the branches framing the photo, as well as the fence-line and rock wall (two Gettysburg staples). And a blue-sky day is rather a rarity for us while visiting Gettysburg :-)


Co. C, 22ND Massachusetts Infantry

Born November 20, 1820 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 42 

In a sea of men who claimed common-place occupations, Cpl. Newcomb’s was certainly interesting: a resident of Boston, he worked as a piano polisher. He enlisted in September 1861, and by the age of 40 he had already buried a wife, a little girl named Mary Jane (died 1853), another daughter Margaret (died 1848), and a son Charles (died 1855). He later remarried a woman named Salome. Cpl. Newcomb had two surviving children, Mary F. (born 1849) and Hattie G. (born 1857) from his previous marriage. He was wounded twice at Gettysburg and died at the Abraham Trostle farm, later buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. His stone is mismarked “J. B. Nincent.”

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