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This photo was taken from the area of the Railroad Cut along McPherson’s Ridge. Visible are the small stone guide station and Route 30/Chambersburg Pike/Lincoln Highway (take your pick!). A line of wooden fencing can also be seen. The tree-line in the background is McPherson’s/Herbst/Reynold’s Woods (see the pattern with multiple monikers?) where the 26TH North Carolina of Pettigrew’s Brigade and the 24TH Michigan of the Iron Brigade dueled to the death on the afternoon of July 1ST. Gen. John Reynolds’ statue is visible to the left of the center tree, while Gen. John Buford’s statue can be seen to the right, contrasted against the guide station’s dark roof.
CPL. BENJAMIN OLIVER HAMBLET
CO. A, 2ND United States Sharpshooters
Born 1840 --- Died July 30, 1863 at age 23
Cpl. Hamblet, a resident of Minnesota, enlisted in October 1861. He was described as being 5’11¾ inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair. A farmer by trade, he was mortally wounded in the left thigh at Gettysburg and later buried in the National Cemetery. His stone says “Hamlet” instead of “Hamblet.”
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