Gettysburg. I trust most people know the history.
The Train Station, where Lincoln arrived before the Gettysburg Address.
The Eternal Light Peace Memorial. In 1938, the last great reunion of Union and Confederate veterans took place, during which President Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated this monument to all soldiers whom fought at Gettysburg, and, In the Civil War as well. By this time, only 65 soldiers were left who had fought at Gettysburg, though the overall attendance of veterans was 1,845. Here is the archival video. [sound cuts in and out]
John F. Kennedy, when he went to Gettysburg, made a special point of coming here. He and Jackie stepped out of their car near this point. There is a flame, though it is not seen in this picture.
Another view. I love this period’s style. There’s an Art Deco feel to this, I think.
Shultz House. The tour guide said he’d been in it and there’s a famous blood stain still in the wood flooring on the second floor. Passing another house he related a story of a haunting (Gettysburg must have the most ghost tours per square mile) reputed to have a glowing blue orb emanate in the wee hours of the morning from the windows. Some years later, he said he met the owner of the house, whom often fell asleep watching TV, when it would go to a blue screen after programming ended.
From Little Round Top [Union], looking towards Devil’s Den and Round Top [Confederate].
General Warren, looking towards the Wheatfield. Our view is of Cemetery Ridge, I think.
A few from the museum. If you’ve been to Gettysburg, well, in 2008 they opened a fabulous new Visitor Center and Museum, moved the Cyclorama there and feature a video narrated by Morgan Freeman (that’s another thing about these big East Coast historic sites, lot’s of star power which seems out of place almost).
Entering the Visitor Center. My man Abe.
The flag we now most commonly refer to as the Stars and Bars is actually the second naval jack, or extended battle flag, at a 2:1 ratio, of the original battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia. This, the first flag of the Confederate States of America (well, not this one) is what is rightfully called the Stars and Bars. The official flag by the time of the Battle of Gettysburg would have been the Stainless Banner, though. As you can imagine, this one caused some confusion in battle.
By the way, remember the Georgian Flag controversy? well, Georgia got the last laugh. Apparently they got away with this because the actual Stars and Bars 1) isn’t tied with the Segregationist and Civil Rights era and, 2) I doubt most people know what the actual Confederate national flags looked like.
I know I’ll take heat for this, but I’ve always had a thing for Confederate Officer’s uniforms (infantry having no uniform, of course, reflecting the class structure of the CSA). My favorite is the Artillery uniform. This isn’t an endorsement of the CSA, just an aesthetic quirk I have.
So okay, I confess, I did think this was really cool. Robert E. Lee’s gauntlets, on loan from the Museum of the Confederacy (which itself will be in a later post).
The Confederate line of battle, of course.
I’d be guessing on this. I could give a general guess, but you can just take it as a general scene. I’m pretty confident this is Union territory, though.
All right, any Civil War buffs out there? I need help in remembering these now…
This one I know. This is Pickett’s Charge, viewed from Seminary Ridge.
The last photo is taken from the site of the Virginia Monument. All of the horse’s hooves are grounded, of course, for it is General Lee. (the so-called “hoof code” is largely coincidence, though)
The base. In front of the monument someone, or some group had placed a small Bonnie Blue flag in the ground next to the warning sign of hefty fines and consequences should anyone disturb the monument. I found it odd that it was not a Virginia flag, as on the monument itself. It was one of the only times I saw the Bonnie Blue used on my trip. I do mention this, as the flag nerd I am, because it looks like an innocuous flag. So innocuous, that you may have not noticed it flying in the midst of Gadsden yellow in some pictures of Tea Parties.
Anyone have a fear of heights? The Longstreet, or Eisenhower Tower (so called because one can view the Eisenhower farm from it). This is the last of three towers standing, which were built by the War Department, to study the battle. It was built near General Longstreet’s headquarters, as the name would suggest.
Views from the tower. Looking towards the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For the next two (and I took more), here is a very helpful labeled panorama map.
Okay guys, I know where my eyes immediately are drawn, but if you’ll look to the man to the right, you will see the face of George Washington. Remember, this was seen (or sold as) the “Second American Revolution” by the South. The Confederate Seal shows this most effectively.
This is the one statue to the CSA as a whole. Dwarfed by the state monuments – fittingly. This sits upon a column engraved with all the states of the Confederacy, the name of the last surviving Confederate veteran (died in 1959, believe it or not, at 117), and on the base reads (in capitals, of course), “heroic defenders of their country • their fame shall be an echo and a light unto eternity”. Well, they were never ones for understatement, now were they?
Rose Woods or Round Top?
General William Wells, Medal of Honor recipient. Taken for no other reason but it was striking. Just one of the many statues that pop up in the most unlikely of places at Gettysburg. This is deep in Round Top. I’m guessing there’s a great story here because this is a Union General deep in Confederate territory.
Little Round Top, looking towards Devil’s Den, a few hours after the first shot above. The sun filtering through in the late afternoon was eerily beautiful.
91st Pennsylvania monument. We’re looking towards Wheat Field, Peach Orchard and Cemetery Ridge again (though I really feel like I’m winging this).
“The Castle” monument of the 44th New York regiment.
The 20th Maine monument.
I’ve given up trying to guess… (should have taken notes)
The largest monument, fittingly, is the Pennsylvania Memorial.
I waited, and waited and waited to get a shot without any people up top. Earlier this group of guys were just hanging out over the ledge, would walk away for a second and come back. Aargh. Pet Peeve. In the end though this family just walked up as I’d finally had a clear shot, but it almost works out in its own way to demonstrate perspective of the enormity of the monument.
A view from the top.
Gettysburg National Cemetery.
The New York Monument, which I just found incredibly elegant.
Soldiers National Monument at the spot where President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. The cemetery was wonderfully empty, as it was evening and the light was fading.
I loved this story. This is Penelope. It was fired in front of the newspaper office, which was the local Democratic Party’s organ, after every Democratic victory (which was very frequent). After too much gunpowder in 1855, the cannon ruptured. This is Penelope memorialized in front of The Compiler‘s old office.
One of a few pockmarked Civil War era buildings. I love the satellite dish.
The statue of Lincoln is pointing to the window above the door. This is where he stayed the night before giving the Gettysburg Address. My hotel was right across the street. When first entering Gettysburg and looking for parking, I by pure chance parked right in front of this building.
75th Anniversary reunion. Because, this is what it should all be about [sorry, it opens up its own window on its own].
*I found this is a handy site for identifying monuments, etc.