My great-grandfather’s eldest brother was one of the casualties at Gettysburg. He was killed on the second day of the battle in Barksdale’s charge through the Peach Orchard and was buried in the field. He was a private in the 13th Mississippi and had fought at First Manassas, Second Fredericksburg, and a few other battles I can’t recall at the moment. I have a picture of him in his uniform, he was in his early 20s.
Wow wow! Its good to have a link to the past like that.
Two of my ancestors were in the Wheatfield, just a short distance away. They were privates in Company F, 16th Georgia Infantry. They’d already lost a brother in the war (Battle of Crampton’s Gap, Md) and both of them would be captured before the war ended. One brother died in the Elmira POW Camp, but the other survived Point Lookout and returned home to find everything razed by Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Wow. He “seen the elephant”.
My great something grandfather also fought at Gettysburg, where he was wounded and lay beside a fallen tree for three days until he was found. He lied about his age, enlisted in an Ohio regiment at age 14, was captured at Vicksburg and escaped and rejoined his unit in time for Gettysburg.
I’ve seen his enlistment and reenlistment papers, he was in for five years 1860 to 1865, was with Sherman.
He lived well into his 90’s, born in 1846 and died in 1940.
A big shoutout to all veterans, including those who fought in the Battle of Northern Agression!