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Gettysburg Bliss Farm Monuments
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These two monuments, one for the 12th New Jersey Infantry and one for the 14th Connecticut Infantry, mark the site of the William Bliss Farmhouse and Barn, which were the subject of fierce fighting on the Second and Third Days of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 2 and 3, 1863). The Farm stood in the no-man's land between the Confederate forces on Seminary Ridge and the Union Army on Cemetery Ridge. It was a perfect place for sharpshooters of either army to harass their enemy, thus making it important in the struggle. On the Second Day the site was held by a Union skirmish line consisting of New York, Delaware and New Jersey Troops. Mississippi soldiers of Brig. Gen. Carnot Posey's Brigade then attacked and took hold of the buildings (which facilitated a withdraw without orders by the Union forces; Lt. Col. E.P. Harris of the 1st Delaware Infantry was arrested for the unauthorized move). When the Mississippi troops inflicted a number of casualties on the Union skirmishers, members of the 12th New Jersey Infantry were detailed to re-take the Farm. Companies B, E, G, and H, led by Captain Samuel Jobes, rushed the Buildings, and succeeded in capturing it, along with 92 men and 7 officers of Posey's Brigade. The New Jersey troops, though, lost 42 men in the attack, including Company H's commander, Captain Charles K. Horsfall. Soon after the balance of Posey's Brigade, in coordination with Longstreet's Attack farther south, drove the Jerseymen out of the buildings, but, instead of supporting Confederate troops attacking Cemetery Ridge on their Right, stayed and held the buildings (a controversy on whether the Mississippians had orders to do so, or were to advance to Cemetery Ridge is still unsettled today). At 7:30 AM the next day, the Mississippi troops were again inflicting casualties on the Union skirmish line. The remaining 12th New Jersey companies that had not participated in the previous days fighting were ordered to re-take the Bliss Buildings. Led by Captain Richard S. Thompson, they again drove out the men of Posey's Brigade, capturing another 7 men and 1 officer (but losing 30 more of their number). The Jerseymen were again forced to withdraw almost immediately by renewed Confederate efforts, and the Buildings once again fell into Rebel hands. Finally, a detachment of 60 men from the 14th Connecticut Infantry stormed the Bliss Farm one final time, holding it until 10 AM, when they were ordered to burn the buildings and return to Cemetery Ridge. Today, in the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Bliss Farmhouse Site, just south of Long Lane, is a little visited portion of the Battlefield, and is marked only by the small monuments erected by the New Jersey and Connecticut veterans (12th NJ - erected on July 1, 1888, 14th CT - erected July 3, 1884). The two markers, often obscured by overgrown vegetation, are the only physical testaments to the struggle that took place over this key position during the Battle. The 12th New Jersey's main monument on Hancock Avenue near the Brian Farmhouse as a bronze relief depicting the regiments struggle over the Bliss Farmhouses. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Bliss Farmhouse Site, South of Long Lane
 
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Record added: Mar 23, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 20946
Gettysburg Bliss Farm Monuments
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
Gettysburg Bliss Farm Monuments
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
Gettysburg Bliss Farm Monuments
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
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