Wednesday, March 11, 2009

'Will you hold it?' - Gettysburg

The monument to Union General Winfield Scott Hancock on East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg pictures the Second Corps commander in an active pose, reaching out a steadying hand. His arrival there late on the opening day of battle helped assure the Union would secure its position after being soundly beaten back by Confederates. Taking command of the field, he rode the lines, making preparation for defense of the gathering army's newest position. "My corps is on the way, but will not be here in time. This position should be held at all hazards. Now, Colonel, can you hold it?" he asked of Col. Orland Smith, a brigade commander. "I think I can," was his reply. This did not satisfy Hancock. "Will you hold it?" he asked again, his tone doubtlessly changing. "I will," Smith replied. (Click image for larger view).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Snowy dawn, East Cemetery Hill - Gettysburg

Snow coats the many monuments, including equestrian depictions of Union Generals Howard (left) and Hancock, at dawn on East Cemetery Hill. (Click image for larger view).

Friday, March 6, 2009

Grave blanket - Gettysburg

A coating of snow, sculpted by wind, hides graves in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Lt. Frank Haskell wrote of the final resting place of the Gettysburg Union dead: "Another spring shall green these trampled slopes, and flowers, planted by unseen hands, shall bloom upon these graves; another autumn and the yellow harvest shall ripen there—all not in less, but in higher perfection for this poured out blood. In another decade of years, in another century, or age, we hope that the Union, by the same means, may repose in a securer peace and bloom in a higher civilization." (Click image for larger view).

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A relic of the battlefield - Gettysburg

Neill Avenue - also known as the "Lost Avenue" because its remote location has left it cut off from easy access - appears much like it did when the veterans returned to place their monuments here at Gettysburg. The short stretch marking the right of the Union infantry has never been paved, and even lacks the wagon ruts and wear that would have existed on the more popular Gettysburg routes before they were modernized. (Click image for larger view).

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Dawn on Cemetery Hill - Gettysburg

The monument to Union Major General Winfield Scott Hancock stands over East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg. (Click image for larger view).

Monday, March 2, 2009

8th Pennsylvania Cavalry at Gettysburg

The monument to the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry stands on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg. The 8th was active in the campaign, but did not hold the ground where its marker is located near the center of action during the repulse of Pickett's Charge. (Click image for larger view).

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fight over the Angle - Gettysburg

The monument to the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry stands before of a lone weathered tree at the Angle at Gettysburg, scene of the repulse of Pickett's Charge. Placement of the monument only took place after a legal fight carried out by the survivors of the 72nd Pa., who wanted to place their monument at the stone wall they eventually regained from surging Confederates at the height of the fight. Park rules would have had the 72nd place its marker on its main battle line to the rear of this monument, not the more prestigious forward position. (Click image for larger view).

Monday, February 23, 2009

Fog on East Cemetery Hill

Fog envelopes East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg, including the monument to the 7th West Virginia (center), which rushed to help repel Rebels from this ground late on the second day of battle. (Click image for larger image).

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Maine at Gettysburg - Lost Avenue

The 7th Maine Infantry monument stands on Neill (Lost) Avenue at Gettysburg. The 7th was part of the brigade holding the extreme right of the infantry line of the Union army's 'fishhook' position during the battle. (Click image for larger view).

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Meade and the Moon - Gettysburg

A full moon rises beyond the monument to Army of the Potomac leader Major General George G. Meade on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg. (Click image for larger view).