Ever since my first childhood visits, the Gettysburg Wax Museum (now the Heritage Center) has been one of our first stops. I confess that it wasn’t for educational purposes . . . they have now, and have always had, a fantastic gift shop. Anything Gettysburg-related that you could possibly want can probably be found here. The entrance has been newly-painted and bears an eagle with an American shield. Note the Union and Confederate kepis on either side of the proud bird. Perhaps the Heritage Center was one of your first Gettysburg experiences, too. It’s certainly been a town staple for many years, in all its forms.
PVT. RUFUS THOMPSON
Born March 05, 1836 --- Died July 02, 1863
Co. C, 120TH New York Infantry
Pvt. Thompson was married to Helen and together they had three children, Mary Ellen born 1857, Daniel born 1858, and Alnora born 1861. He was mortally wounded at the Peach Orchard and was first buried at Daniel Klingel’s farm. He now lies in Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. His brother Isaac was also wounded at the Peach Orchard and would die from this wound two and a half weeks later.
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