Jun 26



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee, is standing in the southern section of Rose’s Wheatfield (THE Wheatfield). The 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument is behind Ed’s right shoulder. The 4th Michigan Monument is in the right background. The first location of the 32nd Massachusett’s field hospital was in the woods on the Stony Hill in the left background. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee continues his series on the field hospital for the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. In our first post, he introduced us to the field hospital location, and showed us how Anderson’s Georgians attacked the 32nd Massachusetts position on the Stony Hill. In our second post, he showed us how the field hospital was forced to pull back to the northeast side of Rose’s Wheatfield (THE Wheatfield). In today’s final post he shows us where the 32nd entered the Wheatfield to fight for a second time, the hospital at the Jacob Weikert House, and where some members of the 32nd Massachusetts are buried in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

See the following related posts:

Jacob Weikert House on April 5, 2008.
32nd Massachusetts Monument and Plaque on April 27, 2008.
Slathering the Loop with Asphalt on September 13, 2008.



This map shows the location of where our 32nd Massachusetts Field Hospital videos were produced. Videos #1-#2 and #6 were on the Stony Hill near the site of the first 32nd Massachusetts field hospital. Video #s 3 and 5 were taken at the 32nd Massachusetts monument and right flank marker on the Stony Hill. Video #4 was taken on DeTrobriand Avenue giving a perspective of how Anderson’s Georgia Brigade attacked the 32nd Massachusetts. Video #7 was taken on the western side of the Wheatfield. Video #8 was taken at the northeast corner of the Wheatfield. Video #9 was taken at the southern end of the Wheatfield. Video #10 was taken off the map at the Jacob Weikert Farm on the Taneytown Road. Video #s 11 and 12 were taken in the Massachusetts section of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. This map was created facing north at approximately 10:15 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

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In Video #9 (Videos #1-8 were shown in our previous 32nd Massachusetts Field Hospital posts), Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee explains how the 32nd Massachusetts entered the Wheatfield for a second time on July 2, 1863 to fight by a stone wall at the southern end of the field. This view was taken facing northwest to north at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee has now moved to the Jacob Weikert Farm on the Taneytown Road. See our first post on the Jacob Weikert House on April 5, 2008. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

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In Video #10 Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee shows that the field hospital for the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment was moved to the Jacob Weikert Farm on the Taneytown Road. This view was taken facing northwest to east at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.



A closer view of the Weikert Barn. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.



A closer view of the Weikert House. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.



Here is an 1880s view of the Jacob Weikert House courtesy of the Adams County Historical Society. This view was taken facing northwest circa 1885.



Ed Suplee has now moved to the Massachusetts plot in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.



A map showing the sections and monument locations in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The Massachusetts plot is marked by the initials “Ma” on the left side of the map. This map was scanned at approximately 9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



A list of the men from the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry Regiment buried in the Massachusetts Section of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. This list was scanned at approximately 9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



The stone at the front (east) of the Massachusetts plot showing how many soldiers were buried in that section. The hole in the stone is where the flags are supposed to be placed. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

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In Video #11 Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Ed Suplee explains where the dead of the 32nd Massachusetts are buried in the National Cemetery. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.



Ed shows us that the 11 individuals of the 32nd Massachusetts are buried in row C (3rd row from the back of the Massachusetts Section) from here… This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.



… to here. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.



Corporal Thomas Fenelon died on July 4, 1863. He is buried in plot C-16. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

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In Video #12 Ed Suplee encourages us to visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland. You can click on this link to visit their site. This view was taken facing south at approximately 4:30 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

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