We stopped at the site of Pickett's Charge first. This was the site of the battle on the third day. When we pulled up and I saw the battlefield I must admit, I got chill bumps and teary eyed.
This spot of trees is where the two armies converged. The Union Army, in desperation loaded the canons with double canister charge and blasted the Confederate Army from a distance of 10 yards. My brother, Mike, described this as a shotgun effect of many smaller balls shooting into the approaching army.
Again, sorry if my explanation is oversimplified or incorrect.....I had to absorb a lot :)
|High Water Mark|
General Armistead was also killed in Gettysburg, not far from where Cushing was killed. General Armistead's uncle defended Ft. McHenry in the War of 1812,......I remembered that tidbit from our field trip to Ft. McHenry....I think my brother was proud :)
This is the Maryland Monument at Gettysburg. Read the caption below the picture for more information....it was taken from the back of the monument.
We didn't view the movie but did go into the museum. It was very interesting and reasonably priced. I will have to go back again without my kids though so I can read more of the information.
These next two pictures show the damage of a canon ball going through a house.....
|Entrance point of the cannon ball|
|Progression through the floor boards|
The Gettysburg Address room is amazing. You can sit in this peaceful room and listen to the speech. Jake sat through the speech in its entirety and said "Wow, that was a good speech" Better than good though even though at the time Lincoln was criticized and some said his remarks in the speech were silly. (That was something else new that I learned)
Well, this post is getting long and I am not even to the halfway point so I think I will do this trip in at least 2 parts. Hope you enjoyed my pictures and descriptions so far...
Have a Wonderful Memorial Day all and lets remember those who so dearly sacrificed their lives for our country. God Bless America!!!