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Gettysburg 2005

Devils Den from Little Round Top

Little Round Top from Devils Den

The Peach Orchard

The Wheat Field

Florida Monument

More American casualties were suffered on July 1,2 and 3, 1863 in Gettysburg, PA than any other battle in which Americans have fought. When you tour the battlefield, you are immediately aware of the scope of the battle. The distance from Seminary Ridge to Cemetary Ridge where most of the fighting occurred is over a mile. The photos below do not appropriately convey the scope of the battlefield.

Alexander Calvin Martin, my great grandfather was captured the afternoon of July 3rd while fighting with his unit, Company B, Second Florida, C.S.A.. A.C. Martin had previously participated in the 2nd Battle of Manassas and at Sharpsburg.  The Second Florida was part of Anderson's Division of General A.P. Hills Corp. He was captured at the foot of Little Round Top by a German mercenary fighting for General Daniel E. Sickle.

It is not clear whether he was in the "Wheat Field" or in "Devils Den" at the time he was captured. He spent the remainder of the war in Ft. Delaware, a northern prisoner of war camp.

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