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Very near the site of the Texas State Memorial, the three Texas regiments and their Arkansan companions started off across Warfield Ridge to attack the area of Devil’s Den and Little Round Top. I’ve always liked this particular spot, and it’s interesting to think that some Southern boys, whether from these units are elsewhere, might have sat upon these very rocks scattered on the ground. The Texas State Memorial is a beaut and well worth a closer look.
PVT. JOHN E. RYDER and CPL. ALFRED G. RYDER
Co. C, 24TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY and CO. H, 1ST MICHIGAN CAVALRY
Brothers John and Alfred may have started out at the same point in life, but their ends were vastly different. John, in the 24th Michigan Infantry, was mortally wounded in the chest on July 1st and soon died of his injuries, eventually being buried at Newburg Cemetery in Livonia, Michigan. Brother Alfred of the 1ST Michigan Cavalry was wounded in the lung and arm in the 3RD of July and lingered until the 22ND, when he died. He was buried (originally) at Gettysburg’s German Reformed Church.
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