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If you were standing with Wheeler’s 13TH New York Battery and looking toward Carlisle Road on the 1ST of July 1863, this would be your view . . . minus the modern post, the modern road, post-battle trees, modern markers, and modern power lines. :-) Just use a little imagination! The shiny black Parrott Rifle frames the picture nicely. Of course, maybe I’m just partial to artillery. They make such good subjects and never fidget when you’re trying to photograph them. And of course, the cannon tubes often date from the Civil War era, which is another fascinating plus.
PVT. DEWITT C. HAMLIN
Born July 19, 1844 --- Died July 01, 1863 at nearly 19
Co. A, 80TH New York Infantry
Pvt. Hamlin’s middle name is said to be either Clifton or Clinton. He enlisted in September 1862 and had previously served in the 35TH New York. A clerk, he was mortally wounded in the abdomen at Gettysburg. His roster says he mustered out on January 29, 1866 in Portsmouth, Virginia, but all other records indicate he died at Gettysburg. His grave in Gettysburg’s National Cemetery, which says “D. Hammond”, seems to corroborate that fact.
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