Tuesday, July 1, 2008
First Brigade, First Division, First Corps, First Day of Fighting
The 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry monument in McPherson's Woods marks part of the line where the Iron Brigade fought 145 years ago today as the battle turned from limited engagement to major conflict. With both armies stretched out over the Pennsylvania and Maryland countryside, the battle began as a meeting encounter that grew as men were rushed to the field and funneled into the fighting. By the end of the day both armies were nearly completely concentrated in or near Gettysburg. It was now virtually inevitable that a decisive battle would be concluded on this ground were neither side intended to push for a fight just days before. (Click image for larger view).