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This photo was taken near the Virginia Memorial. The marker is, as far as I know, the only one of its kind on the battlefield, but this isn’t just a picture of a monument. See how the cannon at right seems to blend in with its surroundings? (Just what the Confederates would have wanted). This is one of Poague’s pieces, which played a part in the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge of July 3RD. It’s rather hard to stop here and take photos unless you park across the road at the Virginia Memorial, and if you do that, be prepared to be joined by a whole passel of people. General Lee and his trusty ‘Traveler’ are quite popular.
PVT. RICHARD WILLIAMSON ABERNATHY
Co. A, 47TH North Carolina Infantry
Born 1833 --- Died July 01, 1863 at 30
Pvt. Abernathy, known as Williamson, enlisted in January 1862. He was a farmer, and was married to Bettie with children Mary (age 5 during the battle of Gettysburg), William (age 4), and John (age 3). Williamson was buried at Oak Dale Cemetery in Spring Hope, North Carolina.
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