Thursday, July 10, 2008

Gettysburg

Joshua Chamberlain is known very much for his bravery during the Battle of Gettysburg. He led the 20th Maine. He and his men defended Little Round Top pictured below. He is known for fighting with their bayonets once their ammunition ran out. Bryan and I admire him and his leadership during the battle. We found a print of Chamberlain making the bayonet charge in a shop in Gettysburg and we plan to have it framed and put in our office. This monument below marks the spot where Chamberlain and his men defended the Confederate troops as they marched up the hill to battle.




The 20th Maine built this wall (now overgrown somewhat) as a defense on Little Round Top. Below are some other photos on top of Little Round Top. Looking down into Devil's Den.There was sniper fire back and forth between Devil's Den and Little Round Top. Bryan was sitting behind this rock trying to picture what it was like to be a sniper shooting down on Devil's Den. A lot of killing took place down in Devil's Den.This is a statue of Gen Warren. He was an engineer for the Union army who realized Little Round top was unprotected and later Chamberlain was sent to fight and protect it. Since he was an engineer and Bryan is an engineer I made Bryan pose next to the statue.I loved seeing all the re-enactors. It made the visit so real. Someone even had their little boy dressed up.The soldier in the middle is suppose to be Pickett. He is known for the last battle at Gettysburg, "Pickett's Charge". These next views are looking out from the spot General Robert E Lee watched Pickett's Charge and the last fighting of Gettysburg. As I walked along the path trying to visualize how the Confederate soldiers were spread out, I ran into this friend.

This is the main building of the Lutheran Seminary where several Generals watched the battle and studied the layout of the troops/divisions from the top of the tower.

We also ran across another officer with the same name as my maiden name. They also had a section of street named after him in Gettysburg.This was a HUGE observation tower Bryan and I climb to see across the fields. The view was amazing. But my right leg was hurting and I was nearly out of breath before we stopped at the top!!! You could also see President Eisenhower's home. After his presidency, he retired to his farm on Gettysburg.You could tour his home but we just didn't have time. When you take 7 hours for a 2.5 hour tour you ran a little short on time for other sights!!! :0

Here are some views from the High Water mark, which marks the end of the fighting on July 3.

This spot was over 1 mile from where General Lee watched the battle and you can see his spot with his statue in the background. This next picture marks the area (near the tree) where General Armistead's troops broke through part of the line.This is it for Gettysburg. I have a TON more pictures but I don't want to bore you and I have to quit at some point. I still have to cover July 4th in DC, Mt. Vernon, Annapolis, US Naval Academy!!! I'll get done sometime. Thanks for sticking it out with me.

8 comments:

Heather said...

I love seeing your pictures!! Keep them comin'. That little boy was absolutely adorable!! And, I'm glad you got to spend an entire day at Gettysburg. It certainly looks like it was worth it!

Honea Household said...

You look so happy to be there in the third picture...haha! I'm so jealous of you, traveling all over and seeing all this history! So fun and so interesting! I would love to go! :)

Melissa said...

I love the Seminary building, so pretty! Aren't old buildings so cool??

Megan L Hutchings said...

I am so enjoying this mini tour ;)! You are not boring me at all! I am loving how much passion you & Bryan share for history!!!

Jared said...

You need to read "The Traveler's Gifts" by Andy Andrews. Joshua Chamberlain is a character in the book. I am enjoying seeing your pictures. Very interesting.

Leigh Ann said...

Thanks for the history lesson. I learned some things! :) I love how the actors really make the part with their beards and all. Very believable. I'm so glad you and Bryan enjoyed your trip. I look forward to seeing your July 4th pics!

valerie said...

I love seeing all the pictures.
That's how I felt after our NY trip, but I just took one day at a time and it's nice now to have that journaled.
Are you getting rested up?

Lindsey said...

So glad you had such fun! I enjoyed all your pics:) Ah, the history....