Thanks! Pretty good shape...i was trying to find pictures of the dedication to put with it but don’t see any.Nice one. It was left up to the soldier if he wanted his name on it or not. When the state of NY ordered these (11,000) the soldier could pay a small fee to have it done on the rim. I have seen several that had a brass bar drop that was added under the Gettysburg Veteran with the soldiers name and unit.
The first three days of July, 1893, were "New York Days" at Gettysburg. Not only the N.Y. State Monument (on July 2nd) was dedicated, but individual monuments to the 12th and 44th New York regiments, and the Excelsior Brigade monument in the Peach Orchard.
Here's one of of the 108th N.Y. veterans taken on the 3rd:
You can read
HarryHenry Potter's July 2 oration HERE.
He might not be there. The 108th monument was dedicated in 1888, the photo taken in 1893. If he was there in '93, he may well have had one of those medals himself.Thanks for the picture.
My ggFather, George A. Carter, was with the 108th ( "The Rochester Regiment") from Antietam on until he was badly wounded in the trenches at Petersburg. At Gettysburg the 108th was posted in front of a battery from the 1st US Artillery in front of Zieglers Grove, exactly where their monument is. Out of 200 men they suffered 102 casualties.
They took the brunt of the artillery fire meant for the battery, and then the Confederate line came within 50 yards of them before finally breaking. Those old boys in that photo were made of soild stuff.
And of course that is indeed the 108th monument behind them. I cant count the number of times I've stood right there.
I do know that Carter was there for the dedication but cant pick him out; there are 5 or 6 possibles, but the info says I can get a high res copy from the Rochester Public Library, which I will be doing momentarily.