Seeking Letters, Diary Entries, etc., by Members of the 114th PA Mentioning the Sherfy Barn

Scott Hann

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Can someone please help me out with primary accounts by members of the Collins' Zouaves mentioning the Sherfy Barn where some of their comrades perished? Thanks in advance!
 

Tom Elmore

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There's, Music on the March, by Frank Rauscher, Philadelphia: Press of Wm. F. Fell & Co., 1892, p. 92: "... during the battle, a number of our wounded men crept into a barn as best they could, the building afterwards taking fire and within it were consumed by the flames, thus meeting a horrible death after being disabled on the field of carnage."

Also, the address of Capt. A. W. Givin (acting Sergeant Major during the battle) at the dedication of the monument, Pennsylvania at Gettysburg, II:610: "Then you remember the sickening sight that met your gaze as you advanced to where the old barn stood to find it in ashes and the charred remains of many of your companions. You could mark their graves as that of unknown."

The booklet, Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg, reprinted by Thomas Publications of Gettysburg from the 1865 original, lists burials, including - Pennsylvania, Section F:
Grave no. 12: "Unknown Zouave (burned in destruction of Sherfy's barn)"
Grave no. 13: "Unknown Zouave (burned in destruction of Sherfy's barn)"
Grave no. 14: "Unknown Zouave (burned in destruction of Sherfy's barn)"
Six other "unknown Zouaves" are also listed under the Pennsylvania sections, but without the notation about Sherfy's barn.
 
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Fairfield

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Not by a Pennsylvanian but per a New York soldier:
Our talk on the late battle disclosed the fact that his battery had engaged our part of the line near the Sherfy house, and he mentioned casually that Sherfy's barn had taken fire during the cannonade and was burned to the ground, a fact already of course known to me; but he further said that he had assisted in the rescue of a number of wounded men, both Union and Confederate, who had crept into it for its doubtful shelter while the battle was still on, and who, exhausted from their hurts, were unable to escape unaided when the exploding shells set it on fire. (Camp and field.
Sketches of army life written by those who followed the flag. '61-'65. Compiled by W. F. Hinman. p. 296 Available on Hathi Trust
 

Scott Hann

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Not by a Pennsylvanian but per a New York soldier:
Our talk on the late battle disclosed the fact that his battery had engaged our part of the line near the Sherfy house, and he mentioned casually that Sherfy's barn had taken fire during the cannonade and was burned to the ground, a fact already of course known to me; but he further said that he had assisted in the rescue of a number of wounded men, both Union and Confederate, who had crept into it for its doubtful shelter while the battle was still on, and who, exhausted from their hurts, were unable to escape unaided when the exploding shells set it on fire. (Camp and field.
Sketches of army life written by those who followed the flag. '61-'65. Compiled by W. F. Hinman. p. 296 Available on Hathi Trust
Thanks for the reply. After reading it I realized it's the same account 2nd​ Lt. Frank E. Moran, Co. H, 73rd​ NY wrote for the November 13, 1890 issue of the National Tribune on page 3.
 
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Scott Hann

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There's, Music on the March, by Frank Rauscher, Philadelphia: Press of Wm. F. Fell & Co., 1892, p. 92: "... during the battle, a number of our wounded men crept into a barn as best they could, the building afterwards taking fire and within it were consumed by the flames, thus meeting a horrible death after being disabled on the field of carnage."

Also, the address of Capt. A. W. Givin (acting Sergeant Major during the battle) at the dedication of the monument, Pennsylvania at Gettysburg, II:610: "Then you remember the sickening sight that met your gaze as you advanced to where the old barn stood to find it in ashes and the charred remains of many of your companions. You could mark their graves as that of unknown."

The booklet, Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg, reprinted by Thomas Publications of Gettysburg from the 1865 original, lists burials, including - Pennsylvania, Section F:
Grave no. 12: "Unknown Zouave (burned in destruction of Sherfy's barn)"
Grave no. 13: "Unknown Zouave (burned in destruction of Sherfy's barn)"
Grave no. 14: "Unknown Zouave (burned in destruction of Sherfy's barn)"
Six other "unknown Zouaves" are also listed under the Pennsylvania sections, but without the notation about Sherfy's barn.
Thanks so much for the info! Yesterday, I was examining the Elliott Map. Interestingly, he describes the Sherfy barn as "Barn burnt by U. Shell." Due west of the barn, circled in red, are the graves of three Union soldiers. Could each one be an "Unknown Zouave (burned in destruction of Sherfy's barn)"? It's plausible.

Elliott Map - Possible Burn Victims.jpg
 
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