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This photo was taken along Wainwright Avenue at the base of East Cemetery Hill and shows the flow of Menchey’s Spring in the foreground. As usual, I’m loving the combination of wooden and rock fences, and the slope of Stevens’ Knoll (McKnight’s Hill during the battle) at right. In the left distance are the fields over which Hays’ Louisiana Tigers crossed on the night of July 3rd. One was to wonder if, hours later, any of the wounded Tigers managed to make their way down here to take a drink from the spring. Stranger things have happened.
PVT. ELIAS HESTER
Co. K,45th North Carolina Infantry
Born circa 1843 --- Died July 26, 1863
Pvt. Hester, a farmer, enlisted in March 1862.His death was not the only tragedy which visited his family; his brother James had died in November 1862, and another brother, Stephen, died at the notorious Elmira prison in September 1864.
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