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I’ve always been fascinated by the bronze statues of Gettysburg. Such time and attention, such miniscule detail work, went into creating these magnificent memorials. My particular favorite is the North Carolina state monument, depicting soldiers readying for Pickett’s Charge (or the Pettigrew-Trimble Assault, if you happen to prefer that moniker). I always wonder who was used as a model for these sculptures, if the person was happy with the way it turned out or if he said ‘that doesn’t look like me at all.’ Were they pleased with their face being represented for all time in a public space?
PVT. ALFRED HENRY DIBBLE
Co. G, 14TH Connecticut Infantry
January 03, 1838 --- Died July 05, 1863 at age 25
Pvt. Dibble enlisted in August 1862 and was a farm laborer. The husband of Maria, he had a son, Willis, born in 1861. He was shot in the shoulder on the third day of battle and died two days later, eventually being laid to rest at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. Pvt. Dibble was again reinterred, this time either at Lower Cemetery or Cypress Cemetery in Westbrook, Connecticut.
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