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Though Gettysburg is a great place to visit in any season, fall and winter photos seem to have that extra oomph. I think it’s because the barren landscape is brought out more crisply by bright blue skies, and perhaps because it’s much easier to get the lay of the land and understand the soldiers’ perspectives with the leaves off the trees. Whatever the reason, here’s one of the photos I took a few Februarys back, showing the unfinished Railroad Cut along McPherson’s Ridge. The fence is relatively new and was quite impressive when first built. Though it’s hard to imagine, hundreds of Mississippians were trapped down inside that cut, perhaps just their heads visible from this viewpoint . . . a fact which gave much more power to the Wisconsin and New York men occupying the fields.
1ST SGT. GEORGE S. MOSS
Co. C, 125TH New York Infantry
Born about 1835 --- Died August 10, 1863
Sgt. Moss enlisted in August 1862 and resided at Lansingburg, New York. His death date is also given as August 08. He was transported to Camp Letterman after receiving a severe wound. According to records, while being operated upon he “died from effects of chloroform during excision of shell fragment.” Sgt. Moss was later buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery.
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