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Battle Anniversary 9: In natura tranquillitatis est

There is something about the tranquility of the Battlefield in the darkening of an evening. There are few places around anymore that show as many stars, and viewed from the Wheatfield, a full moon rising over Little Round Top is … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 8: The Cleansing, July 4-5

The Cleansing, July 4-5 After the fighting ended on that 3rd day of July, 1863, and after the smoke had cleared, some 125,000 men stared blankly across the slope separating Seminary Ridge from Cemetery Ridge, and wondered what version of … Continue reading

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Independence Day, 1863

The 87th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America was a day that marked the turning point in the Civil War. Gettysburg While the fighting had barely stopped at Gettysburg, major operations and troop movements were not … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 7: “The Men Lay in Heaps”, July 3, 1863 – Morning & Afternoon

Gettysburg Pennsylvania. July 3, 1863 The Bliss Farm On the morning of July 3, 1863, the small farm belonging to William Bliss was the focus of entirely too much attention. Situated some 100 yards west of the Emmitsburg Road, the … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 6: “My Poor Boys. My Poor Boys.”, July 2, 1863 – Night

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. July 2, 1863. Evening and night. Johnson General Edward “Allegheny” Johnson’s Division of Ewell’s Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia was ready. They were on the east side of Rock Creek waiting to hear Longstreet’s assault commence. Johnson … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 5: “My God! Are These All The Troops We Have here?” July 2, 1863 – Early Evening

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 2, 1863. Late Afternoon-Early Evening. Meade/Sickles Major General George Meade had ridden south to check on the disposition of Sickles troops. Major General Daniel Sickles had moved his troops almost a mile out in front of the … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 4: ” He seemed So Full of Hope,” July 2, 1863 – Afternoon

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. July 2, 1863. Morning and Afternoon. Hood Major General John Bell Hood, West Point class of 1853, 44th in his class of 52, was one of the true hard fighters of the war. Admired by all, he was … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 2: “Them Damned Black Hats Again!” – July 1, 1863, Morning

July 1, 1863. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Morning. Heth Major General Henry “Harry” Heth was anxious to get his men going in the pre-dawn hours of July 1. Camped along the Chambersburg Road near Cashtown, his force for the morning’s march to … Continue reading

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Battle Anniversary 1: “Fight like the Devil” – June 30, 1863

June 30, 1863, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Pettigrew The sight that greeted Sarah Broadhead as she looked out her window on the west side of Gettysburg on the morning of June 30th, 1863 caused her to draw a sharp breath. There had … Continue reading

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Monday, June 29, 1863

The movement of large bodies of Civil War troops from one point to another was a difficult undertaking. While there are guidelines, many fall by the wayside due to the vicissitudes of time and distance, available roads, physical barriers such … Continue reading

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