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Though any time in Gettysburg is great, there’s something special about sunrises and sunsets. This particular sunset photo has a point of interest: at center left you’ll see some black shapes highlighted against the sky next to a clump of trees. Those are your run-of-the-mill battlefield deer. Deer-watching has always been a favorite activity of mine when touring the fields at night, though seeing that pair of eyes glowing in the dark is a little unsettling. I’ve seen deer on McPherson’s Ridge, jumping over the stone walls along Confederate Avenue, hiding on Culp’s Hill . . . this photo was taken near the 19TH Indiana monument at Reynolds’ Woods, and overlooks McPherson’s Ridge and Reynolds Avenue.
CPL. ROBERT T. NEWELL
Co. D, 19TH Maine Infantry
Died July 16, 1863
Cpl. Newell enlisted in July 1862 and was killed weeks before his one-year mark. He was a mechanic by trade and was mortally wounded in the thigh, requiring amputation. He died just a few weeks later and was buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery.
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