Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The 7th at the Salient - Gettysburg
The unusual monument to the 7th New Jersey Infantry rests at the Peach Orchard salient where the Jersey men engaged in fighting on the second day. It depicts in massive scale a minie ball -the principal bullet of the Civil War era - on the site of the mortal wounding of Col. Louis Raymond Francine during the unit's withdrawal as the Union line collapsed. Francine survived two more weeks, dying on July 16th before being buried in his native Philadelphia's Laurel Hill Cemetery. (Click image for larger view).