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John Whitney Barlow (1838-1914) graduated 14th out of the 45 members of West Point’s class of May 6, 1861. At Gettysburg, he was a member of the United States Battalion of Engineers. See our previous post about Barlow who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This image was taken circa 1861. It is courtesy of Christina Moon.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is our host for a series on members of the West Point Class of 1861 who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. With the coming of the Civil War, the academy had two classes graduating that year because the original class of 1862 petitioned to graduate a year early. So the original class of 1861 graduated in May, 1861. The original class of 1862 graduated in June, 1861. We will refer to them throughout the series as the May and June classes. Christina has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2008.

In the first West Point Class of 1861 post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon discusses the life of May, 1861 graduate Adelbert Ames who commanded a brigade and a division in the Eleventh Corps. At Gettysburg, Ames’ Brigade had 1337 engaged and suffered 778 casualties (68 killed, 366 wounded, and 344 captured) for a total percentage loss of 58.2%.

In our second West Point Class of 1861 post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon presents the life of Colonel Emory Upton who commanded the 121st New York Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg.

In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon shows us monuments related to Engineering officer, John Whitney Barlow.

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This map shows the location of where our West Point Class of 1861 at Gettysburg videos were produced. Videos #1-#7 were shown in our previous posts. Video #8 was taken at the marker for the United States Engineer Battalion on Pleasonton Avenue. Videos #9 and #10 were taken at the monument for the 15th and 50th New York Engineering Regiments located on Pleasonton Avenue. This map was created facing north at approximately 2:00 PM on Friday, June 10, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is the host for our series on West Point’s Class of 1861. She is standing by the Engineer Brigade marker on Pleasonton Avenue… This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday June 2, 2011.

… and pointing out the United States Battalion, to which John Whitney Barlow belonged during the Gettysburg Campaign. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday June 2, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is standing by the marker to the United States Engineer Battalion. The Peter Fry/Basil Biggs Barn is the red structure in the left background. This image was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday June 2, 2011.

In Video #8 Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is standing on Pleasonton Avenue by the marker to the United States Engineer Battalion. She presents some information on John Whitney Barlow before the Civil War, and what his unit did at Gettysburg. This view was taken facing northeast to north at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday June 2, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is standing by the monument to the 15th and 50th New York Engineers. The next marker behind her, and on the left (north) side of Pleasonton Avenue (and in the shadow of the tree) is to Henry W. Benham’s Engineer Brigade. The next marker is to the United States Engineer Battalion, where we filmed our previous video. The white structures are the Hummelbaugh Farm. The Pennsylvania State Monument would be approximately 100 yards behind the photographer. This image was taken facing east at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday June 2, 2011.

In Video #9 Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is along Pleasonton Avenue, and near the monument to the 15th and 50th New York Engineers. She points out a bas relief on the monument showing the construction of pontoon bridges across a river. This view was taken facing northeast to north at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday June 2, 2011.

A closer view of the bas relief on the monument to the 15th and 50th New York Engineers which shows pontoon bridges across a river. This image was taken facing east at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

In Video #10 Christina Moon is standing long Pleasonton Avenue near the monument to the 15th and 50th New York Engineers. She explains the post Gettysburg career of John Whitney Barlow, including his mapping of Yellowstone National Park. This view was taken facing north to northeast at approximately 5:30 PM on Thursday June 2, 2011.

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