1. Welcome to the CivilWarTalk, a forum for questions and discussions about the American Civil War! Become a member today for full access to all of our resources, it's fast, simple, and absolutely free!
Dismiss Notice
Join and Become a Patron at CivilWarTalk!
Support this site with a monthly or yearly subscription! Active Patrons get to browse the site Ad free!
START BY JOINING NOW!

Norwood's Rock - Bigelow's Battery

Discussion in 'Battle of Gettysburg' started by lelliott19, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. lelliott19

    lelliott19 2nd Lieutenant Forum Host Trivia Game Winner

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2013
    Messages:
    2,592
    From the Blog of the Gettysburg National Military Park
    The story of the 9th Massachusetts Bigelow's Battery gunner, John K Norwood , and his rock.....
    [​IMG]
    “The enemy were on the gun and limber…” Gunner John Norwood’s narrow escape at Gettysburg.


    ".....The tree that shaded the injured soldiers has long since been gone from this site and though time and weather have played hard on this particular boulder, which fits perfectly in the field among other rocks and rounded blocks of granite that jut through the soil, it is different because it has a personal story. And now a specific identity....."

    It's a GREAT story - please read the entire article here https://npsgnmp.wordpress.com/2017/...er-john-norwoods-narrow-escape-at-gettysburg/

    @Bee @PeterT @Tom Elmore you will like this!!!
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2017

  2. (Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)
  3. Bee

    Bee 1st Lieutenant

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2015
    Messages:
    3,976
    Thank you for the heads up!! IF it involves rocks or dogs, I'm there :smile:
     
  4. RI-Tom

    RI-Tom Cadet

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2016
    Messages:
    9
    Great read!
     
  5. PeterT

    PeterT 2nd Lieutenant

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2015
    Messages:
    2,896
    Location:
    Melbourne Australia
    Excellent!! Thanks for this!
     
    Frums, JohnW. and lelliott19 like this.
  6. Bee

    Bee 1st Lieutenant

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2015
    Messages:
    3,976
    HE survived!! Amazing!

    Must. See. This. Rock :smile:
     
  7. Frums

    Frums Private

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2016
    Messages:
    198
    Location:
    York, PA
    Going today with my youngest son and wife to see this rock, among other things as well. Try to get a few shots for this thread. Thanks for sharing @lelliott19 ! Check back in the afternoon!
     
    PeterT, EJ Zander, lelliott19 and 2 others like this.
  8. Frums

    Frums Private

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2016
    Messages:
    198
    Location:
    York, PA
    Here are a few more shots of the Norwood Rock that MY SON took today. For a learning photographer, he did not do too bad. Plus, a shot of my wife and some random ugly guy. IMG_2323.JPG IMG_2303.JPG IMG_2312.JPG IMG_2299.JPG
     
  9. rpkennedy

    rpkennedy Major

    Joined:
    May 18, 2011
    Messages:
    8,113
    Location:
    Carlisle, PA
    A bit of a chilly morning, no?

    Ryan
     
    PeterT, lelliott19 and Frums like this.
  10. Wallyfish

    Wallyfish Sergeant Trivia Game Winner

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2015
    Messages:
    663
    Location:
    Greensburg, Pa
    Fascinating story indeed. Another "named" rock to find. Bigelow's 9th Massachusetts retirement by Prolonge is my favorite Artillery story to tell. Fortunately this rock should be easy to find- thanks to Frums for the excellent photos which put the rock location into perspective.

    Sad part is I have a resemblance to John Norwood in the sketch.
     
  11. Frums

    Frums Private

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2016
    Messages:
    198
    Location:
    York, PA
    It was a VERY chilly morning! Lots of fun tho.
     
    PeterT, rpkennedy and lelliott19 like this.
  12. EJ Zander

    EJ Zander First Sergeant

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2011
    Messages:
    1,043
    Location:
    Gettysburg, PA
    PeterT, Frums and Wallyfish like this.
  13. Doug5861

    Doug5861 Private

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2013
    Messages:
    64
    It's also tick free which is nice.
     
    PeterT and Frums like this.
  14. lelliott19

    lelliott19 2nd Lieutenant Forum Host Trivia Game Winner

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2013
    Messages:
    2,592
    Thanks for tracking down this rock for us Frums! and providing the pictures that demonstrate the distance between the rock and the Trostle house. Whenever I read accounts like this, I am always trying to figure out how far apart the landmarks are and now I can see from your pictures.
    "Early the next morning and with the assistance of a Confederate skirmisher, Norwood stumbled into the Trostle house to take shelter along with a handful of other wounded men."
     
  15. Frums

    Frums Private

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2016
    Messages:
    198
    Location:
    York, PA
    You are all very welcome and I will tell my son that you liked his pic's. He is taking a class in high school and I had him read the story you posted, figure out where the rock was on the field and take pic's that would help tell the story to others. I guess he did very well!
     

(Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)
Loading...

Share This Page


(Membership has it privileges! To remove this ad: Register NOW!)