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On my last trip to Gettysburg we again took the “back way” to Culp’s Hill, the East Confederate Avenue route that branches off from Middle Street, and saw this: An old stone wall, a bunch of boulders (which fascinate me as much as ever), the 107th New York Infantry up over the hill, and, far in the distance, an old-looking stone house along Baltimore Pike. Where you’re traipsing around on Culp’s Hill you don’t always realize how close it is to the pike, giving a striking reminder that if the Confederates could have controlled this area, the battle would have had a very different outcome.
PVT. ISAAC L. TAYLOR
Co. E, 1st Minnesota Infantry
Born January 23, 1837 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 26
Pvt. Taylor, one of many casualties in the 1st Minnesota’s grand and ill-fated charge, was a native of Illinois and emigrated to Minnesota in the hopes of becoming a teacher. Fate intervened, and he found himself a soldier. His brother talks of witnessing Pvt. Taylor’s death and says he told him, “all I can give you is a soldier’s grave.” He had been struck by an artillery shell. He is buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery, though as an unknown. A photo can be found here.
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