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I suffer from a rare (though apparently not so rare among Civil War buffs) condition known as artillery withdrawal. Here’s some photos to cheer me (and hopefully you) up! These particular pieces are from Wheeler’s New York battery along Howard Avenue. The cannon tubes were manufactured by Phoenix Iron Co. On the top photo you can see the monument to Wheeler’s Battery, the 13th New York Independent Battery, and on the bottom, part of Oak Ridge and Oak Hill. Wheeler’s artillery would have been dueling with Page’s Battery which was positioned down over the slope of Oak Hill, as well as blowing holes through the lines of Confederate infantry.
PVT. PHILONAS KINSMAN
Co. K, 7th Wisconsin Infantry
Born July 07, 1812 --- Died July 26, 1863
Despite being over the age considered ideal for enlistment, Pvt. Kinsman joined the Union cause in August 1861 and fought bravely for nearly two years. He left behind a wife, Adeline, two grown children (Henry, age 21, and Sarah, age 18) as well as two minor children, Rosina (age 13) and a daughter whose name I do not know (age 9). He and his wife also lost two children in infancy. Pvt. Kinsman was wounded on the first day of battle and lingered for nearly a month. He was later buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery.
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