Sunday, July 20, 2008

Traveler at Gettysburg!

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war." -Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Adress



It was going to be a day at Gettysburg! I could hardly wait...
The girls bought me this beautiful new red coat. They are so sweet to me!

Off we went, here I am on Jill's shoulder. The Girls picked up their own personal Gettysburg guide who drove us around the battlefield. What a great way to see the park! The Battle of Gettysburg lasted three days, from July 1-3, 1863.

This house in the town of Gettysburg still has a projectile in it's brickwork. It is the black round thing near the top left of the top window.

This marker shows the very spot where Union General Reynolds was shot off of his horse and killed instantly at the beginning of the fighting.

This is Sally, the mascot of one of the Pennsylvannia Infantry Divisions. Sally survived the Confederate Charge and was later found on the field by her regiment licking the wounds of the injured PA men.
I love Sally...

The white dot in the far field by the trees is where Pickett's Charge started, one of the bloodiest moments in the battle. Robert E. Lee stood there watching his men storm across the field. Union soldiers shot at the charge from the small rock wall in front of me. The charge failed and many Southern men died here.

The copse of trees which was the visual marker for the Confederate troops who were involved in Pickett's Charge. It is a obvious landmark in the center of the field, which was at the middle of the Union line (it's weakest point).

The "Angle" area that crushed Pickett's Charge...

There was violent fighting in this wheatfield.



Little Round Top, a major landmark for the Union. This hill stood as the Union's left flank. The confederates tried to go around and up this hill but failed.

The Devil's Den looking down from Little Round Top. Confederate snipers hid in the bunches of rocks and shot at the Union Soldiers on the hill. They killed many Union men from this incredible distance...

One of the Union Commanders was shot in the neck and killed instantly on the large rock to my front left. He was killed by a sharpshooter from Devil's Den.

Taking a small break...

I watched a renactment of the 5th Maine drilling. They fought for the Confederates.

Our wonderful and extremely knowledgable guide, Tom. Thanks Tom!

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here..." -From the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln



2 comments:

Cheryl said...

Gettysburg is extremely humbling, isn't it? Especially when you actually see the field where the charge was! I'm so glad that Traveler gets to see all this!

Andrea said...

Have you been shopping at the Liberace Museum?? Tnat new coat that Traveler has looks awfully like one of Lib's spangley cloaks... (without wanting to lower the tone of the post....)

And thank you for all the information about Gettysburg too. It's something that I've heard of but, being English, we never get taught American history in school, so it was terrific to read and see about it (albeit second hand!)