A Tale of Two Brothers

A Tale of Two Brothers (HM1971)

Location: Gettysburg, PA 17325 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 49.189', W 77° 14.059'

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When Abraham Lincoln prophetically spoke of a "house divided", he might well have referenced the sons of Easias Jesse and Margaret Sutherland Culp. Both boys, William E. "William", (b. 1831) and John W. "Wesley", (b. 1839), grew up in Gettysburg and were employed by the town's noted carriage maker, Charles William Hoffman.In 1856, Hoffman uprooted his business and moved it to Martinsburg, Virginia. Perhaps seeking his own independence, Wesley followed but brother William did not and remained in Gettysburg. When war came, the brothers' allegiances followed this pattern; Wesley enlisted in the 2nd Virginia Infantry, and William signed up with the 2nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a 3 month unit, and later the 87th.Although now "brother against brother", it is unrecorded if William and Wesley ever saw each other again. William and Wesley's regiments did face each other in combat just once, at the Second Battle of Winchester on June 15, 1863. There, neither was wounded, but Wesley recognized a Gettysburg friend, Union soldier Jack Skelly, who had been (wounded). Skelly gave Wesley a note to give to his girl, Virginia "Jennie" Wade, back home in Gettysburg. However, Wesley was unable to deliver the note as he was shot and killed on his uncle Henry's farm, July 2nd, the famed "Culp's Hill." Wesley, like so many Confederate soldiers, now rests in an unmarked grave. Post-war, William returned to Gettysburg in 1882 and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery where entire family plots are common and where Wesley's absence serves as silent witness to the personal cost of conflict.The Culp Brothers MemorialErected by thePvt. John Wesley Culp Memorial Camp #1961Sons of Confederate VeteransGettysburg, Pa.Dedicated July 6, 2013
HM NumberHM1971
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series
Year Placed2013
Placed ByPrivate John Wesley Culp Memorial Camp No. 1961, Sons of Confederate Veterans
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 3:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 308770 N 4410147
Decimal Degrees39.81981667, -77.23431667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 49.189', W 77° 14.059'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 49' 11.34" N, 77° 14' 3.54" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 259 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg PA 17325, US
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