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The scene shown in this photo may not look like much, but it’s actually a pretty interesting place. The path to the right leads to the 20TH Maine trail, replete with informational markers, great views, and a secluded place for reflection at the 20TH’s iconic monument, while the larger road is Sykes Avenue and leads to Little Round Top. The marker shown at center is the 3RD Brigade marker. The 3RD Brigade consisted of the 20TH Maine, the 44TH New York, the 16TH Michigan, and the 83RD Pennsylvania, and was commanded by Col. Vincent and Col. Rice. These plaques may not seem worth your time but there’s a wealth of information on them. As you can tell, it was a rainy day, the sort of day mosquitoes love, but luckily they seemed to have found lunch elsewhere . . .
SGT. JAMES HAND
Co. D, 69TH Pennsylvania Infantry
Born about 1835 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 28
Like many of the Gettysburg’s Union casualties, Sgt. Hand was born in Ireland, yet gave his life to defend his newly-adopted country. He was a painter and joined the army in August 1861, leaving behind his wife Jane and two little girls, Lucy born 1858 and Mary born 1859. He suffered a wound to the lungs at Gettysburg, likely at the infamous Angle, and died after immediately or later that day. He was buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery.
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