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Lee’s Headquarters, post #2. Remember what used to sit just to the left of the house? Yep, the gift shop. If you ever stayed at Larson’s Quality Inn (I have) or visited that particular gift shop (I did that too) then you’ll probably be shocked by how the scene has changed. I’d have to say this is a definite improvement! At bottom right you can see the new doghouse which was crafted to resemble the actual structure shown in a 1863 photograph. I particularly like the simple white wooden steps by each door. It gives the place character, I think. Not that it needed any help in that regard.
PVT. JAMES T. BEDELL
Co. F, 7TH Michigan Cavalry
Born c. 1818 --- Died August 15, 1863 at age 45
Pvt. Bedell’s death date is also given as August 30. He died at Camp Letterman as the result of a wound which was given to him by a Confederate officer when he failed to keep up his pace as a prisoner. Little is known of his life, but you can visit his grave at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. If you’re interested in the science of wounds, you can actually see a picture of Pvt. Bedell’s skull and the damage it suffered as a result of the saber wound at www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/26325/title/new-look-at-old-wounds/. There is also a small story concerning his wounding and subsequent death.
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