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Any Gettysburg buff recognizes that whenever the car stops, even if it’s just for a few seconds to let some little puddle-jumper through, it’s the perfect time to snap a photo. Here I happened to capture the marker of Joseph Davis’s Brigade, and the fields through which they marched before reaching the Railroad Cut. Sadly, the story didn’t end well for the boys from Mississippi and North Carolina, as many of them were killed and wounded, and still more were captured.
PVT. NATHAN DAVID BARKER
Co. M, 22ND North Carolina Infantry
Born 1834 --- Died August 04, 1863
Pvt. Barker’s story is quite unusual. He enlisted in June 1861 and survived over two years in the war, only to be wounded at Gettysburg . . . in the toe. Whether he suffered gangrene before receiving medical care or the ensuing infection was the result of amputation, we’ll never know. He died at Philadelphia and was buried there at Philadelphia National Cemetery.
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