Gettysburg's Umbrella Man

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Gettysburg Greg

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On my last trip to Gettysburg, I tried to match the 1889 photograph of General Chamberlain with other 20th Maine veterans posing with their monument on Little Round Top. I initially had trouble getting properly oriented because the monument appears the same from all four sides and I could not find a matching rock or landmark. Finally, I looked more closely at the fella on the very left leaning on his umbrella, "Umrella Man". I could see he was against a rock next to the monument that had wide vertical crack with a small horizontal crack intersecting it. Once I was able to locate this unique feature, the rest of the frame fell into place. Below is the original image along with my matching modern view on which I have pointed out the unique intersecting cracks with arrows. Thanks, Umbrella Man.
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Tom Elmore

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Nice work, Greg. Speaking of umbrellas ... (John C. Shaler, History of Hampton Battery F, Pennsylvania Artillery) June 26 [1863]. During the day I saw two umbrellas, the only ones I think I ever saw in the army. One belonged to a fancy little captain of a wagon train. He should have been cashiered for carrying it. The other belonged to a diminutive drummer boy and was, I suppose, the gift of some anxious friend, mother or sister perhaps. He should have been at home selling newspapers, instead of out wading through the mud.
 
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