Gettysburg, March 1984 Page6
March 1984 photos/narratives courtesy of Ed Conner, TN
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In 1965 it was discovered that Tennessee was the only state to have troops in the Battle of Gettysburg that didn't have a monument on the field. A movement began in the late 60s to have a monument erected, but it wasn't until July 2, 1982 that the monument was installed on Seminary Ridge, close to the Virginia Monument.

Although not as grand as originally envisioned, the monument commemorates the men of the 1st, 7th and 14th Tennessee Regiments that fought in Archer's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia

Standing on the rock where he pronounced General Absolution to the Irish Brigade before they entered battle, is the statue of Father William Corby, Chaplain to the Irish Brigade. According to history, Corby also warned that Christian burial would be denied to any soldier who didn't do his duty !

Father Corby left the service of the Union Army in 1864 and returned to Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN, where he served as President for many years, leaving the post in 1881. He died on December 28, 1897. Such were the ties he had with the Irish Brigade, that his casket was draped with the Brigade's Regimental Flag, and he was carried to the cemetery by aged veterans of the Irish Brigade.

This statue was erected in 1910 and a twin stands on the campus of Notre Dame


Except for the monuments and cannons, this could be a peach orchard anywhere, but this is the Peach Orchard. Notice the snow fences around the peach trees, luckily the snow wasn't this high when this photo was taken

Of all the stories, legends and folklore (and there are many), perhaps one of the best known is that of John Burns, the 70-year old citizen of Gettysburg who joined up with the 150th Pennsylvania to fight the invading Rebels. A veteran of the War of 1812, Burns received three slight wounds which put him out of action.

According to legend, Burns asked a passer-by to "Tell the old woman to fetch the wagon and get me home. I can't walk". When the message was delivered, she reportedly replied, "Devil take him. The old fool, going off to fight, old as he is, getting holes in his best clothes. And he won't be able to work for two months. Let him stay."

When Lincoln came to Gettysburg, Burns was the one person he wanted to meet. In 1864, Brette Harte immortalized him in a poem. But, Burns status as a celebrity faded after the war. He died in 1872 and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg.

This monument was erected in 1901, on McPherson's Ridge where Burns fought with the 150th Pennsylvania

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