During the fighting on July 1,1863, the four North Carolina regiments under the commannd of General Alfred Iverson, who failed to accompany his command in the attack, were caught in deadly flanking fire from Union troops that had been hiding behind stone walls along today's Doubleday Avenue, that all but annihilated the Tarheels. Most of the Confederate troops fell where they stood. General Iverson, when he finally managed to reconnoiter the field-after the fight-said he found 500 of his men dead and wounded in a line "as straight as adress parade".Regimental totals reveal 512 killed and wounded and 308 missing, though some reports place the number of killed and wounded at 750.Regardless of the number killed, the burials of the dead were swift,"men being rolled into shallow trenches,just inches where they fell". The bodies were exhued in 1871. Mr. John S. Forney who owned the land said he was almost unable to get farmhands to work the land because of "perturbed spirits" that were reported to be roaming the area. "They were not just frightened-it was terror he recognized in their eyes". It took years before crops grew on the scared land. The farmer later planted a vineyard in the depresion left at the site,now known as 'Iverson's Pit'.One must wonder what it was the Pennsylvania Dutchmen Mr. Forney managed to hire and keep to work his land saw and heard as the sun began to set over 'Iverson's Pit'."Perhaps they heard the frantic calls of the survivors of that awful first fusillade,panic-stricken because there were no men left to obey orders.Perhaps thet heard the low moaning of the wounded or dying, calling in a soft southern drawl for a wife or mother left in North Carolina. Or perhaps it was the hideous,soft thud of lead into flesh, over and over, 500 times". Ghosts of Gettysburg,pp.23-26,An Insiders Guide to the Civil War-The Eastern Theater,p.81,AmericanHeritage-History of the Batle of Gettysburg,p.91.You can join Unsolved Mysteries and post your own mysteries or
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