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From left to right on this photo: Rose Woods, 124TH New York Infantry monument, part of Triangular Field, marker for Benning’s Georgia brigade, 99TH Pennsylvania Infantry monument, Smith’s 4TH New York Independent Battery, and a few twisted old branches of the Devil’s Den witness tree. Sickles Avenue runs along the bottom. This is one of my favorite places on the field --- the second day’s battlefield has always interested me the most for some reason, and I find myself most fascinated by Devil’s Den, the Wheatfield, and Little Round Top. I’m slowly warming to the Peach Orchard as well.
PVT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PONTIUS
Co. D, 29TH Ohio Infantry
Born 1839-40 --- Died July 1863
Pvt. Pontius (also spelled Pontious) was a wagon-maker. His death date is given as July 02ND, 3RD, and 6TH, and I could not determine which was correct. He was later buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery (his stone says “25TH Ohio"). There is also a cenotaph honoring his memory at Martin Cemetery in Grundy County, Missouri (likely where his family later settled).
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