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Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29, 2016



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To many people, the 78TH and 102ND New York monument is special because of its special feature: the lion’s head and paw carved into it (not seen on this photo). To me, even without that unique feature, it’s still a beautiful and touching memorial. It’s always amazed me how a figure might emerge from a solid block of stone. Here we can see his determined expression, his firm grip on the rifle. The wooded nature of Culp’s Hill becomes apparent through the background. Whatever (or whoever) he’s aiming at, I’d say the odds are in his favor.

**HONORED TODAY**

2ND LT. SYLVESTER J. TAYLOR
Co. E, 147TH New York Infantry

Born April 02, 1834 --- Died July 03, 1863 at 29
                                       
2ND Lt. Taylor enlisted in September 1862 and had previously served in the 7TH New York Cavalry. He was mortally wounded in the abdomen and died relatively quickly of his wounds. Unfortunately, little information exists regarding his life, and his place of burial is at this time unknown.


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

February 24, 2016



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I absolutely love the George Rose farm, despite my inability to get close enough for a good quality photo :-). Here we see not only the beautiful fieldstone farmhouse and some outbuildings but also the 110TH Pennsylvania monument and the little stone bridge which traverses DeTrobriand Avenue. I’ve always wanted to visit the farm but don’t want to trespass . . . if there’s any (legal) way an average Joe tourist can get close enough for a decent photo without needing express permission, please let me know in the comments!

**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. THOMAS J. GUNN
Co. G, 18TH Virginia Infantry

Born between 1834/37 --- Died July 03, 1863
                                       
Pvt. Gunn enlisted in April 1861. Married to Mary or Martha, he was the father of Laura (age 6 at the battle of Gettysburg) and Elizabeth (age 1, or she may have been born in August 1863). Thomas’s brother died at the battle of Five Forks in 1865, adding another tragedy to the family.


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Monday, February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016



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Forever a silent sentinel, the 99TH Pennsylvania guards Houck’s Ridge from an onslaught of Texans, Alabamians, and Arkansans. This photo is somehow stark yet also beautiful, showing the careworn narrow path, the same prehistoric boulders soldiers were forced to navigate in 1863, and a gentle blue sky. Aside from the monument, I imagine the scene would have looked much the same during the battle . . . though how blue the skies were, considering the overcast battle weather and the gun-smoke permeating the air, I couldn’t say.

**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. RICHARD GAULEY
Co. B, 44TH New York Infantry

Born about 1844 --- Died August 20, 1863 at age 19
                                       
Pvt. Gauley, mortally wounded in the thigh on July 2ND and later taken to Camp Letterman, contracted typhoid fever and died of dual causes. He is buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery. 


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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

February 17, 2016



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As I’m sure I’ve said before, since childhood I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the gigantic boulders of Devil’s Den. There’s just something powerful and awe-inspiring about this jumble of prehistoric rocks; the more time I can spend there, the better, though even just a glimpse fires the imagination. Here’s a close-up of some of the boulders near the curve in the road which leads past Triangular Field. Even if no battle had take place here, the sheer size and age of the boulders is enough to captivate any and all visitors.


**HONORED TODAY**

PVT. JOHN L. GRIFFIN
Co. B, 26TH North Carolina Infantry

Born 1833 --- Died July 10/20, 1863 at age 30
                                       
Pvt. Griffin enlisted in June 1861. He was married to Martha, with a son George (1854) and two daughters, Mary (1857) and Aurena (1859). After his death at Gettysburg he was buried at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.


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