Sep 29

Elwell Stephen Otis (1838-1909) was a Captain in the 140th New York Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was born in Frederick, Maryland, attended college at the University of Rochester, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1860. He fought in the Indian Wars, the Spanish American War, and commanded the VIII Corps during the Philippine-American War. Emilio Aguinaldo tried to stop the war by sending an emissary to General Otis to appeal for an end to the fighting in the Battle of Manila. Otis’ response was, “fighting, having begun, must go on to the grim end.” He was relieved of command in 1900 and was replaced by Arthur MacArthur. He was appointed major general in the regular army in 1906. Otis was known as a skilled general and able administrator. However, some sources state that he was generally disliked by his subordinates and peers. Otis received harsh treatment in the press, and was known as “Granny” by his troops because of his age and graying hair. This view, produced by Kurz and Allison was taken circa 1899.

Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking Washington, D.C., has many connections to Gettysburg and to the Gettysburg Campaign. There are many more connections than to only Robert E. Lee’s residence, and John F. Kennedy’s grave. Almost every row in the older sections have someone buried there who had a link to Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows us the individuals connected to Gettysburg who are buried at Arlington.

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In today’s Arlington post, Rich Kohr shows the graves of Ewell Stephen Otis, Alexander Moore, and Charles Candy.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for our Gettysburg at Arlington series. Videos #1-#56 were shown in our previous Arlington posts. Video #57 was taken at the grave of Elwell Stephen Otis. Video #58 was taken at the grave of Alexander Moore. Video #59 was taken at the grave of Charles Candy. This map was created facing north at approximately 7:30 PM on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is standing near the grave of Elwell Stephen Otis, who was a Captain in the 140th New York Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg. He commanded the regiment as a Colonel by 1864. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

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In Video #57 (Videos #1 - #56 were shown in our previous Arlington posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr presents some biographical information on Elwell Stephen Otis. This view was taken facing southeast to northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

A closeup of the back of Otis’ monument presents more biographical information. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is standing by the grave of Captain Alexander Moore who served on the staff of Major General Daniel Sickles during the Gettysburg Campaign. This view was taken facing north at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

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In Video #58 Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows the grave of Alexander Moore, and explains Moore’s role on July 2, 1863. This view was taken facing northwest to northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Captain Alexander Moore was court martialed by Major General George Crook during the Powder River Campaign of 1876. He was found guilty of getting close enough to an Indian/Native American village to cut off its inhabitants escape. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Rich Kohr is standing by the grave of Colonel Charles Candy. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

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In Video #59 Rich Kohr shows the grave of Colonel Charles Candy, a brigade commander at Gettysburg. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 8, 2010.

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