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In this photo of East Cemetery Hill we see a blend of nature and war , . . you have your typical leafless trees and bright autumn skies, which highlight an informational marker at far left and a lone Parrott Rifle at right. Though this tree is likely not a witness to the battle, it’s interesting to note that there was at least one large tree on Cemetery Hill in July 1863 and the place was not quite as bare as it is today.
CPL. WILLIAM M. HAMILTON
Co. G, 18TH Virginia Infantry
Born abt. 1823 --- Died July 03, 1863
Cpl. Hamilton enlisted in April 1861 and was a farmer. He was married to Mary and was the father of Betty (age 17 during the battle of Gettysburg), William (age 15), Laura (age 13), Indianna (age 11), Lucy (age 10), Alexander (age 8), and Martha (age 5). Beyond basic family information, little of is known of the soldier’s life. Some believe his middle name may have been Mosby, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
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