Monday, December 31, 2007

Up Close With Some Gettysburg Rebs. . .A New Year's Eve Trip Along Confederate Avenue

Were it not for the brisk, cool wind, it felt like an early spring day here in Gettysburg. So, with camera in hand, I headed out to the battlefield to enjoy this final day of 2007. I spent most of the afternoon wandering along Seminary Ridge, a.k.a. Confederate Avenue, and snapped a few photos of the monuments. . .and of the 'monumental' tree removal efforts that have really opened up new vistas.
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One of the more recent monuments on the Gettysburg Battlefield is this one. . .
Dedicated to the 11th Mississippi Regiment
Close-up shot of the flag bearer, urging his comrades on. . .
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The North Carolina Memorial ranks among the most popular, and most impressive, monuments at Gettysburg
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The Marble Man himself. . .Robert E. Lee atop the Virginia Memorial
(Or should I call him the Bronze Man?)
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Some CSA Infantrymen
A youthful officer gazing toward that ol' Copse of Trees
A sad lookin' soldier. . .
I imagine this is how most of Pickett's men looked after learning of their orders.
"It's all my fault. . ."
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The Louisiana Monument featuring. . .
. . .a soldier who fell in battle.
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The Mississippi Monument (just south of Lousiana's) featuring. . .
. . .a soldier who fell in battle.
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And, of course, no trip along Confederate Avenue is complete without a visit to the monument dedicated to one of the Confederacy's greatest generals. . .
Lieutenant General Tom Berenger
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Gettysburg has been in the process of restoring the battlefield to its 1863 appearance, and it never fails to impress me, everytime I head on out, just how different it all looks. . .
Here are some photos of the new vistas gained by the tree removal along Seminary Ridge. . .


Looking southeasterly from Seminary Ridge

(Big Round Top can now be seen in the distance, back-right)

Looking east from Seminary Ridge, toward Cemetery Hill. You may be able to make out the large water tower that sits atop Cemetery Hill in the far background (Look to the left of the cannon barrel). Maj. Gen. Robert Rodes was ordered to advance his division from this position on July 2, in conjunction with Ewell's assault on Culp's Hill, and attack Cemetery Hill from the west. Rodes didn't think it was too hot an idea. . .so he didn't.


The Brian Farm can now be seen directly to the front and the Cyclorama Building can too. . .but not for too much longer. This would have been the perspective of Trimble's and some of Pettegrew's troops on the afternoon of July 3. . .just before their ill-fated charge.


This photo was taken from the North Carolina monument, looking north. . .Gettysburg College can now clearly be seen from this position.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

3 comments:

mannie said...

John,

Great photos and vistas, though I think something may be wrong with your lens, it made the anatomy on the Longstreet monument seem really distorted and goofy.

You may want to have that looked at.

Mannie

Anonymous said...

Very much enjoyed this post and the photos! I haven't been to G'burg in several years and it's nice to see the changes that are under way.

FL Deputy

Anonymous said...

Great pictures John. I need to make a bicycle trip over to Gettysburg while the weather is still pleasant.

John C. Nicholas