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Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is the host for our series on West Point’s Class of 1861. She is standing on Cemetery Ridge, north of the “old” (but still standing) Cyclorama Visitor Center. The marker is to Battery F, 5th United States Artillery, commanded by Lieutenant Leonard Martin. Martin graduated 33rd out of 45 in the United States Military Class of 1861. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 6:15 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012.

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

In the fourth West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon begins to follow Lieutenant Charles Hazlett around the Gettysburg Battlefield.

In the fifth West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon showed the different possibilities for the placement of Hazlettā€™s Battery on Little Round Top.

In the sixth West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provides some background on Hugh Eugene B. Beaumont, known by some as “Kill Cavalry.”

In the seventh West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provided some background on Malbone Francis Watson, who commanded Battery I, 5th United States Artillery until he was wounded on July 2, 1863.

In the eighth West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provided some background on Eugene Beaumont, who was a staff officer under John Sedgwick at Gettysburg, but who would be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the western theater during 1864-1865.

In the ninth West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provided some background on Jacob Ford Kent, who was a staff officer under John Sedgwick at Gettysburg, but who would be most known for his actions during the Spanish-American War.

In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provides some background on Leonard Martin, who as a Lieutenant commanded Battery F, 5th United States Artillery at Gettysburg.

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This map shows the location of where our West Point Class of 1861 at Gettysburg videos were produced. Videos #1-#29 were shown in our previous posts. Videos #30-#31 were taken north of the “old” Cyclorama Visitor Center on Cemetery Ridge. This map was created facing north at approximately 3:15 PM on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is the host for our series on West Point’s Class of 1861. She is standing on Cemetery Ridge near the monument for Battery F, Fifth United States Artillery. The old Cyclorama Visitor Center is in the right background. Powers Hill is visible in the left background. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 6:15 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012.

In Video #30 (Videos #1-#29 were shown in our previous Class of 1861 posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provides information on Leonard Martin before and during the Gettysburg Campaign. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 6:15 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon points to the section of the marker that briefly describes the action of this unit at this location on July 3, 1863.This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 6:15 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012.

In Video #31 Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon explains the activities of Leonard Martin following the Battle of Gettysburg and for the rest of his life. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 6:15 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012.

The marker for Battery F, Fifth United States Artillery. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 6:15 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012.

A closer view of the plaque on the marker for Battery F, Fifth United States Artillery. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 6:15 PM on Friday, March 23, 2012.

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