The George Rose Farm from the Peach Orchard and Wheatfield Road.

Slain Confederate Soldiers at Gettysburg, near Rose Farm were photographed by Alexander Gardner's team on July 5 or 6, 1863. Note the badly mauled body of a corpse in back. These pictures reflect the horror of hand to hand conflict that was common on this day.

The tragedy of war is graphically captured on film by photographer Timothy O'Sullivan. Dead Confederate soldiers from General Kershaw's Brigade were photographed exactly where they were laid to rest on the George Rose Farm.


Battlefield burials were hasty and the graves shallow. The comrades of these men only had time to dig the graves and carve initials on simple wooden headboards before they were ordered to leave the scene. Shallow graves such as this covered the Gettysburg area after the battle. The hast to prepare and bury and wood head boards help to explain why so many of these graves soon lost all markkings and traces of the patriot in it.
Timothy O'Sullivan, who captured this scene, worked with Alexander Gardner during their photographic visit to the battlefield on July 5-6, 1863.

Source:
Library of Congress

One of these South Carolina Patriots could very well be my great great grandfather, 3rd Lieutenant Marion Richard Hinson. He was killed on this fateful charge. Lt George Caythen Brasingotn, my great grandfather's older brother, died in Yankee hands on 6 July, and was buried in a better marked grave. Made it easier to identify his body for return to South Carolina soil.

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