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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016

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If you’re ever on East Cemetery Hill, don’t forget to stop and say hello to Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock. This equestrian statue is only 33 years younger than the battle, having stood at this spot since 1896. If you actually had the chance to speak with Hancock, you’d be wise not to get his dander up . . . the fellow had a reputation for salty language. For a nice clean conversation you would have had to mosey on over to Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, whose monument is also located on the hill. If you let a dirty word slip out he’d be sure to let you know.


Sumter {Georgia} Artillery Battalion

Born October 26, 1846 --- Died July 04, 1863 at age 16
Pvt. Guerry’s family insisted he was too young for soldiering, but he stood firm. He followed his battery to Gettysburg, where it was placed in position along what is now West Confederate Avenue. During the battle he was struck in the arm by an enemy shell, necessitating amputation. He died very early on the 4TH of July, having not yet reached his 17TH birthday. Pvt. Guerry was buried at Savannah’s Laurel Grove Cemetery along with many other Gettysburg casualties.

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