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On Monday’s post I mentioned that I recently followed the route of Anderson’s Georgia brigade from Warfield Ridge to the Wheatfield. Here’s another leg of the journey: Cross Avenue (or possibly Brook Avenue . . . they run together). To get there, take note of two roads just before you get to the Wheatfield (if coming from Devil’s Den). The left one leads to the “Loop” where this place can be found. Somewhere in the distance is the George Rose farm, my favorite battlefield farm, though it’s not visible in this photo.
So why were the Georgians so important? You know that stone wall across from the Wheatfield? The Yankees had it, and Anderson’s boys wanted it. It changed hands a few times (as did the Wheatfield itself) on the second day of battle, and many a man’s last view was of that bloodstained wall. The entire area (from Brook Avenue to the Wheatfield) has a very quiet, almost eerie feel to it, or maybe that was just because there was no one else around at the time.
2ND LT. HENRY GROVE HALLETT
Co. E, 137th New York Infantry
Born July 14, 1833 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 29
2nd Lt. Hallett enlisted in August 1862. In civilian life he was a farmer, and he began his tenure in the military as a musician. He and wife Ann had one child, a little girl named Florence who was two years old when the battle of Gettysburg took her father. Lt. Hallett was buried at Genoa Rural Cemetery in Genoa, New York.
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