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The capstone which completes Battery B’s marker is perhaps the newest “monument” on the Gettysburg battlefield. Battery B of the 1ST Pennsylvania Light Artillery, also known as Cooper’s Battery, was involved in many well-known battles such as Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run/Manassas, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg in 1862, and Chancellorsville and Gettysburg in 1863. Their service record stretches out through the rest of the war, ending at the Grand Review of May 1865. On this particular photo you can see the crest of East Cemetery Hill, the swell of Culp’s Hill (center), and the less-impressive Stevens’ Knoll (far right, known during the battle as McKnight’s Hill).
PVT. JOHN C. FREEMAN
Co. E, 6TH North Carolina Infantry
Born 1840 --- Died August 21, 1863 at age 23
Pvt. Freeman’s wounding at Gettysburg was not his first brush with death: he was wounded at the battle of Malvern Hill in July 1862, then again at Antietam/Sharpsburg just two months later. At Gettysburg, however, the leg wound was severe, and necessitated his being sent to the army hospital at Camp Letterman. He failed to recover, and was later buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh.
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