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It may not look like much until you realize it’s one of the most important places in American Civil War history. This is one of the much-worn paths on Little Round Top, showing Day’s Hill and part of Cemetery Ridge in the distance, and some of the hill’s famous boulders just ahead. The redbuds give the picture character, I think. As you can see from the sky we were about to be caught in a torrent, but I prefer that sort of weather at Gettysburg sometimes . . . it adds to the solemnity and respectfulness the ground commands, and that every visitor to every battlefield should adopt.
PVT. JASPER E. CHOATE
Co. E, 13TH Mississippi Infantry
Born 1840 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 23
Pvt. Choate enlisted in 1861 and was a farmer. He was single as far as I can tell, and was the second recent tragedy in his family. (Brother James died in July 1862, perhaps a war casualty). Pvt. Choate’s burial place is unknown and it seems highly likely that he is still buried on the Gettysburg battlefield.
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