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The Moses McLean (or McClean) farm at the base of Oak Ridge is one of those farms I always noticed and admired on the Gettysburg battlefield but didn’t know much about. Today I finally did a little research and came up with this: The farm was owned by Moses McLean (a lawyer) who rented it out to David and Harriet Beams. A “J. Martin” is also listed as having been a tenant. The farm was vacant during the battle as Harriet and her child fled for safety, and Alabamians put up a strong guard on the property. New Yorkers from the 11TH Corps sought to gain control of the farm on the afternoon of July 1ST. Years later, Moses McLean sought restitution for the damage done to his property . . . he asked $1,138, a very high price in those days. Unlike many Gettysburg civilians who filed similar claims, he received what he had asked for.
PVT. DAVID TEN EYCK
Co. B, 84TH New York Infantry
Born 1842 --- Died July 01, 1863
Pvt. Ten Eyck’s unusual name is of Dutch extraction. Born in Baltimore, he likely had Confederate relatives, which must have made family situations rather tricky. He enlisted in September 1862 and was a hat trimmer by trade. He is described as being 6’3½” tall with dark hair and blue eyes.
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