Jun 23



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Deb Novotny is standing on East Cemetery Hill. The Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse is behind her. The Baltimore Pike is in front of (northeast of) the Gatehouse. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Deb Novotny is a retired American History Teacher from Gettysburg High School. She has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 1975 and serves on the board of the Evergreen Cemetery Association. Today she continues her series on Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg’s civilian cemetery.

In the first Evergreen Cemetery post, Deb showed us the headstones damaged during the battle. In today’s post she introduces us to the cemetery, and shows us the statue of Elizabeth Thorn and the plot where some soldiers killed during the battle are buried.



This map shows the location of where our Evergreen Cemetery videos were produced. Video #1 was at the stone of Frederick Huber. Video #2 was taken at the gravestone of Esaias Jesse Culp. Video #3 was at the Maurey headstone. Video #4 was at the shaft for the family of George Smyser. Video #5 was at the shaft for the family of Edward McPherson. Video #6 was taken on East Cemetery Hill across the Baltimore Pike from the Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse. Video #7 was taken on East Cemetery Hill by Stewart’s Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery position and near the Hancock Statue. Video #8 was taken at the Elizabeth Thorn Statue. Video #9 was taken at the plot where some United States and Confederate States soldiers killed during the battle are buried. This map was created facing north at approximately 1:30 PM on Friday, June 19, 2009.

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In Video #6 (Videos #s 1-5 were in our first Evergreen Cemetery post) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Deb Novotny gives us an introduction to Evergreen Cemetery and why it was established. Video #7 was taken near the position of Stewart’s Battery B 4th U.S. Video #8 was taken at the statue of Elizabeth Thorn. Video #9 was taken in the section of the cemetery in which soldiers were interred following the battle. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



Licensed Battlefield Guide Deb Novotny has now moved to the lunettes of Stewart’s Battery B, 4th United States Artillery. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

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In Video #7 Deb describes the structure and purpose of the Evergreen Cemetery Gatehouse and the fencing along the Baltimore Pike. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



Deb Novotny has now moved into Evergreen Cemetery to the Elizabeth Thorn statue that was dedicated in 2002. See our previous post on the Elizabeth Thorn statue on May 9, 2008. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

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In Video #8 LBG Deb Novotny tells us about Elizabeth Thorn, and her statue, and an item that the sculptor hid in the statue. This view was taken facing east to southeast and northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



Elizabeth Thorn was six months pregnant when she had to bury the soldiers in Evergreen Cemetery. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



A closer view of the pick that was incorporated into the statue. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



Deb is pointing to the minie ball that the sculptor, Ron Tunison hid in the statue. This view was taken facing east at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



It looks to us that there might be two minie balls hidden here. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Deb Novotny has now moved to the area where some soldiers killed during the Battle of Gettysburg are buried. There are approximately 69 United States soldiers still buried in this section. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

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In Video #9 LBG Deb Novotny shows us the plot in which some soldiers killed during the battle are buried, including two Confederate soldiers. This view was taken facing west to northwest to west at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



Deb is standing by the markers for the two Confederates buried in Evergreen, although they are not buried underneath the stones. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



One of the Confederates is Private Hooper Caffey of the 3rd Alabama Infantry. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.



The other Confederate is Sergeant Matthew Goodson of the 52nd North Carolina Infantry. This view was taken facing west at approximately 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

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