|The diamond-shaped insignia of the Union 3rd Corps is carved into the small |
boulder to the right of the 40th New York monument in the "Valley of Death"
at Gettysburg. The monument is about 20 yards from Sickles Avenue.
|The diamond-shaped carving is |
easy to find on this boulder near the
40th New York monument.
To find these quirky bits of Civil War history, you just need to know where to look. Or you could simply ask a very knowledgeable park volunteer or buy J. David Petruzzi's outstanding book "The Complete Gettysburg Guide," which provides an excellent road map. A great resource for the Civil War novice or expert, you can get it online for about 30 bucks.
|After the Civil War, an "X" was carved into the upper right of this boulder|
in Rose's Woods by John R. Brooke, a Union colonel.
|Trust me, an "X" was carved into this rock by|
John R. Brooke, a Union colonel. The big "X"
was caused by Mother Nature.
I gave up several pints of blood (thanks, ticks) to find a very faintly carved "X" on the John R. Brooke Rock in Rose's Woods. Yes, you need to be a little off to do this. Or, at the very least, have a can of Off! Brooke, a colonel in the Union army, apparently carved an "X" in the rock during a post-war visit to mark his position during the battle. Brooke needed a better carving instrument, because his "X" is obscured by an "X" created by Mother Nature.
Thankfully, the last piece of hidden history was in a tick-free zone. Just off the road on Culp's Hill and behind the 149th New York Infantry monument, long-ago scoundrels carved their names and the year "1888." J.E. Thompson and his pals would have been fined and their names entered on the police blotter if they were caught doing that today.
|On a boulder behind the 149th New York Infantry monument on Culp's Hill,|
long-ago visitors to Gettysburg left their mark (below).