Orb photos, any one?
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While talking with the Central Mass Civil War Round Table last week, the subject of orbs came up. The gentleman speaking had some photos that he had taken at Gettysburg in which orbs of light inexplicably appeared. I had this happen twice while I was at Gettysburg, and I suspect that some of you may have encountered this as well. Here's one of them - note the ball of light in the left of the photo. Ignore the pose. At the time I lived on the same street as the second oldest sycamore tree in the US, so I had to pose with this witness tree for the sake of comparison (the sycamore in WAY bigger and predates the American Revolution).

Okay, I showed you mine, now you show me yours....
Army Mule vs War Horse, a Fight to the Death
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A sad but revealing story today of "the fiercest battle between animals ever known in Virginia," between a ferocious army mule and a maddened war horse. As always, the blame for the ensuing tragedy lay squarely with the humans.

Tom Jones had entered service in Company D, 3rd Vermont Volunteers during the summer of 1861, and served with that hard-fighting unit through the battle of Gettysburg. Soon afterwards, “believing I could serve my country equally as well, and my comrades better, I secured a detail in the Ambulance Corps.” Writing in 1891, he recalled the incident:

One of my first requisitions for transportation, after being assigned to...

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Confederates Clear the Wheatfield

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Wofford’s fresh troops, appearing suddenly on the flank of Sweitzer’s brigade, precipitated a brief hand-to-hand melee. Simultaneously they directed a concentrated fire upon Burbank’s flank at under 300 yards, pushing Burbank back into Day’s brigade and defeating the Regulars. But a combined pursuit by the Confederates was repulsed in Plum Run valley to the east, where they encountered substantial Union forces, including a Pennsylvania Reserve brigade controlled by Crawford and two lead brigades from the Sixth Corps. Attached map illustrates the action at 7:05 p.m.

My aide, Lieutenant [John A. M.] Seitz … came back at a full...

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Jefferson Finis Davis
President of the Confederate States of America

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Born: June 3, 1808

Birthplace: Christian County, Kentucky

Father: Samuel Emory Davis 1756 – 1824
(Buried: Beauvoir Confederate Cemetery, Biloxi, Mississippi)

Mother: Jane Cook 1759 – 1845
(Buried: Davis Family Cemetery, Woodville, Mississippi)

1st Wife: Sarah Knox Taylor 1814 – 1835 (Married: September 15, 1835)
(Buried: Locust Grove Cemetery, Saint Francisville, Louisiana)

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