Saturday, May 09, 2009
There 1,328 monuments, markers and memorial in the park, including this one of Abner Doubleday (who did NOT invent baseball) on Reynolds Avenue.
The famed Lutheran Seminary shot from a bit to the left of Gen Doubleday.
Near the Eternal Peace Memorial.
Where Longstreet had much of his artillery before Pickett's Charge.
On the left, the Clump of Trees. In the middle way in the distance, the PA memorial.
Off the path between the VA memorial and the field where Pickett's Charge started.
I think that's Big Round Top.
From below Little Round Top.
44th NY memorial. I made Ericka hike up even in her condition, and we marveled that infantry climbed up this on a hot July day wearing woolen uniforms.
Where Col Vincent was slain, just below the New Yorkers' position.
On "The Loop" near a marker for MI infantry.
Stopped here in honor of Darryl Pearce, who introduced me to the Old Brigade which suffered the greatest Union casualties in the war--and the history of the US Army--and was memorialized here in 1889.
Across from First Vermont.
Your humble, fairly-ignorant tour guide at the 13th VT, with PA in the back right--part of Second Vermont, I think, commanded by Gen Stannard.
Okay, off to Lafayette Park now.
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I miss Darryl.
I really should read up on the Civil War, but for some reason I've been putting it off.
I know for sure that I had maternal ancestors fight at Chickamauga, so at the very least I should read up on that.
Posted by: Buckeye | May 9, 2009 12:26:31 PM
Buckeye: You want "This Terrible Sound" by Peter Cozzens.
If you ever get a chance to go there, by all means do. Chickamauga makes Gettysburg look wide-open, straightforward and easy to understand who-moved-where-and-why. Chick is all thick woods, twisty roads, occasional small but deep-sided creeks (one of which is named, logically enough, Chickamauga) that will have you perpetually confused as to where you are, which way is north, and WTF is going to be around the next bend.
i.e., pretty much like the soldiers felt that day. Although the woods were not so thick with undergrowth at that time, since pigs roamed free and kept that stuff trimmed out.
don't miss the Wilder Monument. Not that you could miss it if you wanted to, it's a huge white rook, as in the chess piece not the bird. Wilder and his Spencer Repeating Rifles saved the Union's ass that day, buying time for the retreat into Chattanooga.
/lecture off. I miss Darryl too.
Posted by: Xan | May 9, 2009 1:12:54 PM
I was there a dozen or so years ago. Is it just me, or does something about that place just feel different? Like the air is heavier?
Posted by: geor3ge | May 10, 2009 10:08:55 PM
Gettysburg is a haunting place. I have visited 3 times and each time I feel like I am suspended in time. It can be overwhelming to students of history. Read "The Killer Angels" and then retrace the steps, you will see, hear and smell what happened there.
Posted by: moistenedbink | May 10, 2009 10:35:35 PM