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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 21, 2016

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The rolling meadows which flank East Cemetery Hill are especially scenic when the battlefield is cloaked in greenery. Here we see a typical late spring day (meaning gray and dreary skies are abundant . . . but somehow Gettysburg is even more mysterious at those times) and a typical fence. Louisiana Tigers under Gen. Harry Hays passed over this ground during their attack on Union forces at Cemetery Hill . . . they enjoyed some success, but were eventually pushed back, leaving heavy casualties. Reports speak of hand-to-hand combat as artillery pieces changed hands at record speed.


Born January 03, 1823 --- Died July 03, 1863 at age 40

Co. A, 16TH Vermont Infantry

Cpl. Morse enlisted in August 1862. He was a farmer, and was married to Sarah with a daughter Lizzie and three sons, Sumner, Charles, and Kimball (his youngest child was only four when Charles was killed). He is buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery but has a cenotaph at Gilead Cemetery in Bethel, Vermont.

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