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Here’s a new (taken on the 14TH of November) photo of the Moses McLean farm nestled on the slope of Oak Hill. At far left you can see the remaining cannon from Page’s Battery of the Morris Artillery (you may remember there were once a few artillery pieces here, as well as an overabundance of trees which I’m not sorry to see gone!). The cozy McLean farm has withstood the test of time wonderfully. If you have particularly sharp eyes, you might notice the tiny gray “square” in the field just below and to the right of the white farmhouse. That’s the advanced position marker for the 45TH New York Infantry, an interesting regiment which deserves further study. As usual, the thing I like most about this photo is the lack of modern intrusions.
CPL. THOMAS M. AMES
Co. H, 14TH Connecticut Infantry
Born about 1840 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 23
Cpl. Ames enlisted in August 1862 and was a farmer. Sadly, he never knew his mother, who died the year of his birth. He was mortally wounded at Gettysburg and later buried at Ames Cemetery in Waterford, Connecticut.
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