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Sometimes random, seemingly unimportant photos convey the beauty and simplicity of Gettysburg best. This fence is located along the path known as the Point of Woods, which begins near the Virginia State Memorial along Confederate Avenue. You can see a shaft of sunlight hitting a portion of the rails at left, while the rest of the fence is bathed in shadow. This is a very calm and peaceful place --- at least before the busloads arrive, and the markers and benches at the end of the path provide a nice respite from the busyness of the battlefield.
PVT. JAMES P. NORTON
Co. C, 8TH Alabama Infantry
Died January 11, 1864
Pvt. Norton enlisted in May 1861 and was a clerk. He was mortally wounded at Gettysburg on July 2ND and taken prisoner two days later, originally being treated at Camp Letterman. When he was brought to a hospital in York, doctors refused to treat a Rebel soldier, and he was transferred elsewhere. He died after six months of suffering.
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