Pettigrew Park and Somerset Place

Civil War General J Johnston Pettigrew is buried here. He led one of the three brigades in Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, and came back horseless, but unhurt. Two weeks later he was killed in a minor skirmish during Lee’s retreat toward Richmond. Pettigrew, something of a Renaissance Man, was fluent in half a dozen languages, a lawyer, mathematician, fencing master, author, university professor, and soldier, all by the age of 35. And he owned slaves on a farm next to the park.

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