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The Pennsylvania State Memorial is the largest monument on the Gettysburg battlefield. Dedicated in 1910, it holds the names of Pennsylvania soldiers who fought in the battle, with fatalities marked by a star. Standing inside the monument and looking through the Hancock Avenue entrance, you can see the artillery pieces and monument to Independent Pennsylvania Batteries C and F (left), the Abraham Trostle farm (left distance), and Hexamer’s New Jersey Battery (center, located in front of memorial). You can also climb the Pennsylvania State Memorial for outstanding views.
PVT. PETER RILEY SUMMERS
Co. A, 53RD North Carolina Infantry
Born January 17, 1825 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 38
Pvt. Summers, whose given name is also listed as Petrus, enlisted in December 1862. At the time of his enlistment his family consisted of wife Margaret, son Samuel (age 13), son John (age 11), son James (age 9), daughter Mary (age 9), son Donaldson (age 5), and daughter Isabelle (age 1). A daughter Margaret would be born in October 1863, three months after her father’s death. Pvt. Summers was buried at Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery in McLeansville, North Carolina.
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