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You may remember the front of the 143RD Pennsylvania Infantry monument at the corner of Reynolds Avenue and Route 30/Chambersburg Pike, but you probably haven’t noticed the back. It’s at a nice location, tucked among a small stand of trees, facing the fields crossed by Confederates before they made the fateful plunge into the Railroad Cut. Sgt. Ben Crippen, the young soldier who shook his fist at his foes, is immortalized on the face of the monument.
PVT. MANESSEH NEWKIRK
Co. G, 120TH New York Infantry
Born about 1837 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 26
Pvt. Newkirk enlisted in August 1862. He was a stone cutter (some sources say teamster) and was married to Elizabeth, with a son Silas (born abt. 1856) and two daughters, Ida (born abt. 1858) and Cora (born abt. 1859).
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