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Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017



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Notice anything different? Not so very long ago, a controlled burn took place at Little Round Top, eradicating unwanted vegetation and giving visitors a better view of this iconic battleground. Visible monuments include the 155TH Pennsylvania, the 91ST Pennsylvania, the 140TH New York, and the 12TH/44TH New York “castle”. This photo was taken atop Houck’s Ridge and above Devil’s Den.


**HONORED TODAY**

BABCOCK, Cpl. Edwin H.
 
Born November 15, 1822 --- Died October 1863

Co. K, 1ST Michigan Cavalry

Cpl. Babcock enlisted in August 1861 and was a farmer. His death date is given as either the 9TH, 10TH, or 19TH of October, and he died at Mower Hospital in Philadelphia. He was married to Harriet and together they had three children, Tracy (1855), Francis (1856), and Harriet (1859). He is buried at Philadelphia National Cemetery.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017


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Sandwiched between Chambersburg Pike/Route 30 and the Edward McPherson farm, these two 3-inch Ordnance Rifles and their accompanying marker help to tell the story of the first day’s battle. The barrel of the gun on the left was manufactured by the Phoenix Iron Company in 1861, while the barrel on the right was forged in 1862 by the same foundry. The monument seen at left is the 149TH Pennsylvania Infantry, part of the “1ST Regiment Bucktail Brigade.” It dates from 1886.The McPherson barn supposedly dates from 1820 and is classified as a Pennsylvania bank barn.


**HONORED TODAY**

GENTRY, Pvt. Allen
Born between 1825 and 1828 --- Died July 02, 1863

Co. F, 44TH Alabama Infantry

Pvt. Gentry first married Lavenia, and together they had two children: Margaret born 1848 and Fleming born 1850. He married second to a lady named Amanda and they had Susan born 1855, David born 1857, Penelope born 1859, and Caroline born 1862. 


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Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017


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25 years of visiting Gettysburg and this was the first time I ever visited “the” Angle. This solitary tree marks the spot where the stone walls meet. There’s a wonderful view of the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble Assault from here as well. Behind the tree, there are some worn steps that lead down to a nice information marker. You can just see the top of it here. The red barn and grove of trees in the distance are part of the Nicholas Codori farm and the fence wooden fences flank Emmitsburg Road. 


**HONORED TODAY**

SCHWARZ, Cpl. Rudolph
 
Born November 16, 1841 --- Died July 01, 1863

Co. B, 45TH New York Infantry

Cpl. Schwarz was born in Germany. His chance meeting with his Confederate brother at Gettysburg is one of the many fascinating human interest stories concerning the battle. He arrived in America in 1855 and joined the Union army in August 1861, leaving behind a wife, Julianne. I wasn't able to determine whether or not they had any children. Cpl. Schwarz is supposedly buried at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery, though a footnote says “his remains were left on the field.”


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 14, 2017



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This is the “real” “Devil’s den”, a former spring (I’m not sure if it still flows) hidden within the ancient, gargantuan boulders. Cool as this is, it’s also very sad to see graffiti scrawled on the inner boulders. That means someone squeezed themselves into this tight space for the express purpose of desecrating Devil’s Den. Unfortunately, that’s becoming a problem. I noticed graffiti on other rocks, crudely-drawn hearts scribbled on large boulders which face the road. Considering how many men fought and died here, and what a huge part of American history this place is, it’s very saddening. Hopefully by the time I return to Gettysburg, the graffiti will have been removed.


**HONORED TODAY**

TRUCKS, Pvt. David G. or John David
 Born bet. 1825-1830 --- Died July 08, 1863

Co. F, 44TH Alabama Infantry

Pvt. Trucks was married to Catherine and had five young children, Mary (age 9 at her father’s death), William (age 7), Rebecca (age 6), John David (age 3), and Charles (abt. age 2). Little of known of his life and nothing of his burial.


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