Saturday, April 16, 2011

More period graffiti from Gettysburg...

My studies are progressing, and I'm most of the way through the 1st Division of the 2nd Corps...but nice weather and my motorcycle are both calling out to me.

Anywho, here are some more pictures and descriptions of period graffiti from the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As I said in my last post, the pictures posted here are ones I have taken myself.

These first two are from the George Spangler Farm, they are on the out building that General Armistead was taken to after being mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge.  I'm not sure the time frame that they are from, but this is from a not very widely traveled part of the battlefield, in fact when the pictures were taken was right after the park service took ownership of these buildings.  The first one is on the door to the building, the second picture is of the windowsill.  

This next one is by the 40th NY Memorial below Devil's Den and next to the Valley of Death, it is believed to predate the 1888 dedication of the 40th NY memorial.

This is taken atop a large boulder in the area of the Valley of Death...experience being hindsight, don't try climbing up here to take this picture unless you have somebody to help you down (getting up there was the easy part)...what you're looking at is a very faint outline of the US Flag, the rock is known as Flag Rock conveniently.  There is another carving up there, the initials UFS 1873.

Just inside Devil's Den near the 4th Maine memorial is this engraving to the 4th Maine.  Now quite easy to find and darned near in plain sight, this was "rediscovered" in 1993 by Licensed Battlefield Guide Timothy Smith after brush was cleared from the area.

 This one is in plain sight across from the Irish Brigade Memorial (by the memorial plaque to the 28th Massachusetts Field Hospital), it's easy to miss though.  Not sure who PB is...
This is the same rock from a distance...can you see the PB?

This next rock is the David Acheson Rock.  Acheson was a Captain with the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, he was killed in the Wheatfield, he was buried just inside the woodline at the Weikert farm and the stone was marked with his initials and regiment so his family could retrieve the body at a later time.  His remains were returned to Washington County (Pa) about 2 weeks after the battle.

This next mark is next to the NY memorial on Little Round Top and is dedicated to Col. Strong Vincent who was mortally wounded near here. (Vincent was promoted to Brigadier General for his actions on Little Round  Top)

Over by Spangler Spring is the "Coble Rock", this one is fairly well known and is inscribed with "AL Coble 1st NC REG"
Private Augustus Lucian Coble served w/ Company E, 1st North Carolina Infantry as a color bearer during the battle.  It is believed that in 1913 at the 50th reunion of the battle, he made this marking.
A wide shot of the Coble Rock.

The Daniel Lady Farm on Hanover Road was used as a field hospital for Ewell's Corps, carved on a beam in the barn are 2 sets of initials, this first reads, "BAR, 23VA" and has been identified to Private Benjamin A Roberts, from Company K of the 23rd Virginia Infantry.

The second carving at the Daniel Lady Farm reads, "ABE 3NC" and has been identified to Private Aaron E Eubanks, Company G of the 3rd North Carolina Infantry

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