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For this photo I stood at the North Carolina Memorial and looked across Confederate Avenue toward the “line of trees” where the Southerners about to embark on the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge stood and awaited the call to battle. There are two artillery batteries seen at center left (one of the cannon is “parked” in front of the large black vehicle), which are Wingfield’s Battery and the Charlotte Artillery.
The large white slab at right is a commemorative marker which includes a beautiful tribute to the North Carolina boys at Gettysburg. It states that “one Confederate soldier in every four who fell here was a North Carolinian.” I feel that the 1993 “Gettysburg” movie did more damage than good in that regard, as people were more or less led to believe that every soldier in Pickett’s Charge was a Virginian . . . of course Virginia deserves recognition as well, but many states participated in the charge.
SGT. THOMAS A. AHARN
Co. H, 82ND New York Infantry
Died July 02, 1863
Sgt. Thomas Aharn came into a world in a place many of us find enchanting: County Limerick, Ireland. He enlisted in the Union army in September 1861, leaving behind his work as a stonecutter (some say shoemaker; possibly he was both) to fight for his adopted country. He was killed in battle and originally buried at the Nicholas Codori farm. Though he would have been moved shortly thereafter, I’m not sure of his current resting place.
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