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There are plenty of photos showing the front of the North Carolina State Memorial along Confederate Avenue, but you don’t see too many from the back. I like the contrast of colors, blue sky, dark bronze, green grass and fields beyond, especially since those fields in the distance are none other than the legendary “stomping grounds” of the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge. (You can see the Copse to the right of the monument).The detail in this monument is stunning. If you’re planning on visiting Gettysburg, check it out. It’s one of my favorite state memorials.
1ST LT. JOHN BEATTY CLANTON
Co. E, 11th North Carolina Infantry
Born June 20, 1831 --- Died July 27/August 01, 1863 at age 32
Lt. Clanton enlisted in February/March 1862, husband of Ann Elmira and father of William (born 1858). There was possibly another child, John, born in 1863. He was wounded on July 1st. His burial site is not known, though a tombstone exists for him at Sharon Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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