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This urn memorializing the sacrifice of the 1ST Minnesota Infantry is apparently the first monument erected to a particular regiment at Gettysburg, and dates from 1867. It can be found in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The long, flat cement line behind it is actually a row of graves. A portion of the New York State Memorial is visible in the right background. I can imagine how lovely this monument would be with flowers growing inside the urn, but unfortunately the shrubbery was dead when I last visited.
PVT. PRESLEY G. HARDY
Died October 1863
Co. H, 38TH Virginia Infantry
Pvt. Hardy enlisted in March 1862. His death date is given as both October 4TH and October 14TH at Staunton, Virginia. He had been wounded on the third day of battle. This soldier was laid to rest at Staunton’s Thornrose Cemetery.
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