|David Acheson was buried next to this rock near the tree line on the|
John T. Weikert farm. Acheson was a captain in the 140th Pennsylvania.
|David Acheson was originally buried in the|
woods in back of this farm outbuilding.
Thanks to a comrade whose name is lost to history, Aceheson's family was able to find his grave on July 13 and take his body back to his hometown in Washington, Pa., about 35 miles south of Pittsburgh. The 23-year-old Acheson was buried in Washington Cemetery on July 15. (1)
After trudging through the soggy ground about 50 to 60 yards in back of one of the original Weikert farm outbuildings Wednesday morning, I found the Acheson marker a few steps into the woodlot. A park service worker told me hardcore battlefield visitors often look for the site. (Huge hat tip goes to J. David Petruzzi's excellent book "The Complete Gettysburg Guide" for directions.)
There are many other examples of "hidden history" at Gettysburg.
|A.L. Coble, a Confederate soldier from North Carolina, carved his name |
and unit into this boulder in the Spangler Spring meadow.
|Gettysburg volunteer guide Dick Kolmar, 73, points|
to the A.L. Coble carving.
Kolmar related another interesting story about Coble's work. He recently noticed a couple staring at the ground in the area of the Coble rock. Suspecting they were relic hunters, he asked them what they were doing. As it turned out, the couple was looking for the Coble carving. They told Kolmar they are direct decendants of the North Carolina soldier.
|Barely legible, these inscriptions were carved by two Civil War |
soldiers from Pennsylvania at the McPherson barn.
|The initials of two Pennsylvania soldiers appear on the |
McPherson barn, just above the vent on the right.
Other carvings are very obvious.
On Little Round Top, there's a clear carving on top of a 4-foot high boulder to mark the spot where Union Col. Strong Vincent was mortally wounded on July 2. He was shot in the groin, no doubt a painful way to go. The inscription was likely made by Union veterans of the battle.
|This carving is thought to be one of the earliest on the battlefield.|
|This carving is found near Devil's Den.|
|Those kids in 1890 were crazy!|
1.) "The Complete Gettysburg Guide," Page 249
2.) Ibid, Page 261
3.) Ibid, Page 244