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Monday, May 9, 2016

May 09, 2016

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In this photo we see the 4TH Michigan Infantry monument which dates from 1889. The Wheatfield can be seen in the background, with one of its informational tablets along Sickles Avenue. The road where I was standing is DeTrobriand Avenue, also known as part of the “Loop.” This area across Sickles Avenue was also part of the Wheatfield during the battle of Gettysburg, and it was here that the men of Sweitzer’s Brigade fought. Col. Harrison Jeffords of the 4TH Michigan suffered a mortal bayonet wound during this attack.


Co. A, 69TH Pennsylvania Infantry

Born March 07, 1825 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 38
Pvt. Morrison enlisted in September 1861 and was previously a member of the 24TH Pennsylvania Infantry. He was married to Martha and was the father of James (age 12 at Gettysburg), William (age 11), Robert (age 9), Samuel (age 7), John (age 6), and Nancy (age 3). His obituary in the Philadelphia Public Ledger had this to say: “None knew him but to love him, none named him but to praise.” He is buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery.

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