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The view from Stevens’ Knoll is absolutely stunning on a clear day. (Oh, note the blue and gray sky. Yep, Gettysburg weather smiled upon me this time :-)). From my lofty vantage point just off Culp’s Hill I can see part of the town of Gettysburg (center right) and the meadows and hills over which Hays’ Louisianans charged toward East Cemetery Hill (off camera at left). As usual, I love the combination of wooden fence and rock wall, a scene which makes Gettysburg so beautiful and iconic. You can see parts of other rock walls in the distance as well.
PVT. JAMES ALLEN OAKES
Co. B, 38th Virginia Infantry
Born about 1822 --- Died July 15, 1863
Pvt. Oakes enlisted in March 1862. He was married to Margaret and had seven children, Sarah (born 1844), William (born 1845), James (born 1846), Mary (born 1848), Luther (born 1850), Almira (born 1853), and Rebecca (born 1855). An eighth child, a daughter named Virginia, was born in 1852 and died in 1853. Pvt. Oakes may still be buried on the battlefield, though a stone for him can be found at Oakes Cemetery in Chatham, Virginia.
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