Gen.Lewis Armisteads marker where he fell is to the right of the Copse of trees. His best friend Gen. Winfield Scott Hancocks Monument where he fell wounded is to the left of the Copse of trees. It is a shame they could not have been brought together to say goodbye to each other. I realize there was such confusion but it could have been done. Armistead died a couple days later and Hancock survived his wound. Just another sad story out of thousands.
One of the most moving and thought provoking monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park, the Friend to Friend monument depicts Confederate Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead handing his watch to Captain Bingham, a Union Solder, to which he was to give his Union friend Winfield Hancock...Armistead was said to have asked that God strike him dead if he ever brought harm to his friend.
Gettysburg, Irish Brigade Once, when we were here, a bagpiper in full regalia, was paying Amazing Grace. Cars stopped, people bowed their heads, there was complete and absolute silence except for the plaintive, haunting notes of that beautiful hymn. It was a moment, frozen in time, that I will remember always.
I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth. Whether I shall ever be better I can not tell; I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible; I must die or be better, it appears to me.