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Here’s a pensive shot of Sherfy’s peach orchard. Note all the trees seem to have a leaning problem, undoubtedly due to wind. It’s quite humbling to think of all the blood that soaked into this small and unassuming place. Without knowing its background, it could easily be mistaken for any orchard anywhere in the country. While these aren’t the original trees, that fact doesn’t in any way diminish the importance of this hallowed ground . . . I encourage you to read off a few names of the dead while visiting any place on the battlefield. For instance, Cpt. Isaac Davis Stamps of the 21ST Mississippi was mortally wounded at the Peach Orchard on July 2ND and died the next day. Conversely, Cpt. Henry N. Metcalf of the 2ND New Hampshire was killed at this place on July 2ND. Studying Gettysburg’s dead and wounded is a fascinating pastime I highly recommend.
PVT. JAMES H. “JIMMIE” MCCLEARY
Battery B, 1ST Pennsylvania Light Artillery (Cooper’s Battery)
Born abt. 1839 --- Died July 1863
Pvt. McCleary enlisted in October 1861 and was a carpenter, described as being 5’10” inches tall. He was struck by Confederate cannon-fire and wounded in both legs on the 2ND of July, and both were later amputated. He died from his injuries and was buried at Gettysburg’s Evergreen Cemetery.
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