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The Pennsylvania Memorial is decorated with statues of Pennsylvania men who were connected with the battle of Gettysburg, and one of these men was Andrew Curtin, governor of Pennsylvania in 1863. How much do you know about him? (I’ll start by saying I knew absolutely nothing before researching specifically for this post). To begin with, he was born in 1817 in Bellefonte. He became a lawyer and a school superintendant and married Catherine Wilson in 1844, becoming the father of seven. He won the bid for governor in 1860. Curtin was very ill during his tenure but still managed to show great support for the soldiers who risked and often sacrificed their lives to preserve the Union. Deeply affected by the ravages of war, he persevered, again becoming governor in 1863 despite advice to the contrary. His later titles included foreign minister to Russia and congressman, and he died in 1894 at the age of 77.
PVT. EDWARD OGLESBY
Co. C, 4TH Alabama Infantry
Born between 1826/29 --- Died 1863
Pvt. Oglesby’s surname was also listed as Oglesberry, and his exact date of death is unknown. Married to Martha, he was the father of Rebecca (age 13 at Edward’s death), Mary (age 11), John (age 8), Charley (age 4), and Richard (age 2). Records state that Pvt. Oglesby suffered a variety of illnesses during his tenure as a soldier. After his death at Gettysburg, nearly nothing is known about him, and even his family has never been certain of his place of death.
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