Re: Farmer Wise's Well
That is a very good photo, thank you for pointing it out.
The lattice you note appears to contain a plant of some sort, so I don't
think it's anything more than that. Based on my discussion with the fellow
whose name I can't remember, the location of the well is a little farther to
the right. In fact if you project the right edge of the house downward
there is a dark spot between the fence and the road. The dark spot is also
about 60' or so from the intersection (where the buggy is standing) and is
almost precisely where he indicated the well was located. I believe the
dark spot is the top of the well. The fact that it is outside the fence I
don't think is important because the well had gone dry. It is interesting
also that the type of fence pickets changes at about the dark spot. The
ones to the right appear to be older. To hazard a reason for the change of
pickets at that location would be purely speculative, but IMHO it might
possibly have something to do with access from the house to the dark spot
(the well) at some previous point in time, perhaps before the well went dry.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill and Glenna Jo Christen" <gwjchris@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2002 2:27 AM
Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Farmer Wise's Well
> I checked my Fred Gross photograph collection and the image of Wise's yard
> 1922) does not show the well, or rather I cannot make it out. Another
> Wise's house that appears to have been taken from a spot behind (north) of
> present 17th Michigan marker position (before the Reno monument was
> shows the house and a latice-like structure that might be over the well.
> image can be found on page 50 of the Time-Life book, _The Bloodiest Day_.
> I have some other Fred Gross photographs to check tomorrow.
> Bill Christen
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- Ron Church wrote:
> That is a very good photo, thank you for pointing it out.Ron,
> The lattice you note appears to contain a plant of some sort, so I don't
> think it's anything more than that.
I spent the day digging through my South Mountain files. I discovered some other
photographs and a study that suggested that the well was at the other end of the
house...about twenty-five or thirty feet west of the of lattice...which itself
may actually may the entrance gate. This is same spot as you describe.
I will take another look at the photos to check the fence construction.