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Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Abraham Lincoln played a large part in the Gettysburg story, and in American Civil War history. You might think that the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, the Adams County Library, the David Wills House, and the visitor center are the only places to find his distinctive mug (and I also discovered that there is a Lincoln statue at Gettysburg College, which I have yet to see), but he also has a permanent place at the Pennsylvania Memorial. No, he’s not a Pennsylvanian, but was influential enough to be included. This statue was created by J. Otto Schweizer and is one of a handful of sculptures that pay tribute to men from or important to the state of Pennsylvania during the battle of Gettysburg.
PVT. GEORGE NIXON
Co. B, 73RD Ohio Infantry
Born July 01, 1821 --- Died July 10/14, 1863
Pvt. Nixon marked his 42ND birthday during the battle of Gettysburg and was mortally wounded two days later. Married to Margaret, he was the father of Martha (who was 19), David (17), Samuel (16), Margaret (14), Sarah (12), William (9), Boston (7), Hiram (5), and Elihu (3). Pvt. Nixon sadly died after being rescued by a comrade who risked his life to save him. He was first buried at the George Spangler farm and later at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. A photo can be found here.
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