** This blog published Mondays and Wednesdays **
The 40TH New York Infantry monument is located in the marshy ground at the foot of Little Round Top, a place known as the Valley of Death. The text within the diamond (the 40TH’s Corps symbol) says “40 N.Y. Infty. Mozart Regiment. 3RD Brig. 1ST Div. 3RD Corps. July 2, 1863 4:30 P.M. Casualties, Killed 23. Wounded 120. Missing 7.” My research reveals the following men were killed on July 2ND: Pvt. Charles H. Angel, 1ST Sgt. Francis Clark, Pvt. Joseph Coulliard, Pvt. John Evers, Pvt. Jules Germain, Pvt. John Gschwind, Pvt. Michael Harding, Pvt. Harris Henschell, Pvt. Reese Hughs, 1ST Lt. William H. H. Johnson, Cpl. Frederick C. Lobier, 1ST Sgt. Julius Longworth, Pvt. George Lloyd, Pvt. James Alexander Morford, Pvt. Thomas O’Brien, Pvt. Andrew Perkins, Pvt. Francis “Frank” Royal, Jr., Pvt. Otto Standinger, Pvt. Samuel Stells, Pvt. Francis Sweeney, and Pvt. Augustus Walker.
Close examination of this photo reveals many “witness rocks” (as I call Gettysburg’s rocks, considering that every single boulder was in place at the time of the battle). I wouldn’t suggest getting up close and personal with this monument as it is surrounded by what basically amounts to swampland. It’s better enjoyed from a distance. :-)
CPT. MATTHEW TALBOT NUNNALLY
Co. H, 11TH Georgia Infantry
Born March 18, 1839 --- Died July 02, 1863 at age 24
Cpt. Nunnally’s tenure at West Point was rather colorful to say the least (make sure to look him up . . . it’s quite an interesting read). He left his studies to join the Confederate effort and became a captain in a Georgia regiment. At Gettysburg he rose and cheered his comrades as they assaulted Devil’s Den, and it was in this act that he was killed. Two cemeteries are listed as possible burial sites: Wilma Knight Memorial Cemetery in Monroe, Georgia, or Rest Haven Cemetery in Monroe. A photo can be found here.