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I admire a great many Gettysburg monuments, but there are some which have always seemed, as least in my opinion, to go above and beyond in the realism department. One of my particular favorites is the monument to Rickett’s Battery, also known as Battery F and G of the 1ST Pennsylvania Artillery. A quick search in my records reveals that the following 5 men were killed in battle or died shortly thereafter: Elijah Y. Anderson, Sgt. Myron C. French, Theodore Miller, James H. Riggin, and Ephraim Wagner. Of the remaining mortally wounded, William Hetrick died 05/19 July, Jones Puryne died 20 Jul, William Mencer died 21/31 July, and John Given died 27 October of wounds.
PVT. THOMAS W. BANISTER
Co. K, 147th New York Infantry
Born between 1815-1818 --- Died July 01, 1863
Pvt. Banister, who enlisted in August 1862, was married to Hannah and had 2 grown children, Lucinda (age 23) and Lorinda (age 19), as well as 2 teenagers, Thomas (age 17) and William (age 13) and one young child, Caroline (age 9). He was buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery and may be listed there as an unknown.
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