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My name is Randy Drais, a lifelong resident of York, Pennsylvania. My great-great-grandfather, Felix, was a private in Company A, 12th U.S. Infantry Regiment, First Brigade (Colonel Hannibal Day), Second Division (Brigadier General Romeyn Ayres), in Major General George Sykes' V Corps.

Felix was wounded on July 2, 1863, during the battle for the Wheatfield and Little Round Top. Shot through both legs, he was taken to a field hospital (possibly the Jacob Weikert farm) and then probably to Camp Letterman before convalescing further in a home in nearby Littlestown.

Although a native of Columbus, Ohio, Felix returned to the Gettysburg area in 1864 and married Laura Will, the lady in Littlestown who helped to take care of him. Purchasing a 178-acre farm (now better known as the Granite Hill Campground) outside of nearby Fairfield, Felix and Laura raised nine children. Years later, when he was too old to run the farm, he moved into Gettysburg, building his own house on Springs Avenue, which still stands today. Felix died in 1915, and along with several family members, is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

I created my companion website, http://battleofgettysburgbuff.com, to honor his memory and all the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg. May they all rest in peace and eternal honor.

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