This dapper gentleman stands atop a monument to Pennsylvania Batteries C & F in the infamous Peach Orchard, keeping a silent vigil for over 120 years. The Peach Orchard is one of those places I’ve only begun exploring in detail in the past few years, and there’s certainly a lot of information to discover. I’ve been unable to determine the identity of the man used as a model, but have heard that in some cases, battlefields monuments depict actual battle casualties or veterans of the units they represent.
PVT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HARTLEY
Born 1836 --- Died July 17, 1863 at age 27
Co. E, 75TH Ohio Infantry
Pvt. Hartley enlisted in August 1862 and was a coal miner in civilian life. He was married to Margaret and together they had two children, William born in 1860 and Sedalia or Sedelia born in 1861. Records show that he “suffered a compound fracture of the lower third of the right leg on July 1”, an injury from which he never recovered. He's buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery.
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