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One hundred fifty years ago yesterday, the Adams Sentinel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, ran a short item on page 2 about Wesley Culp, a native of the town who had been living in Shepherdstown, Virginia, when the war broke out. He joined the Confederates and—as the paper reported—was captured at the First Battle of Winchester. The paper, as you can see, requested no mercy be shown to its native son.
The paper’s vitriol notwithstanding, Culp was released and one year later, almost to the day, he died on the fields of his hometown—on Culp’s Hill, as it happens.

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