Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The "Fiery Inferno" - Gettysburg
The monument to the 2nd Pa. Cavalry stands on the back side of Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg near the headquarters to Union Major General George Meade - and his equestrian monument at the crest. The 2nd Pa. was assigned to his headquarters, a place that suddenly became one of the most dangerous on the field during the cannonade preceding Pickett's Charge as artillery rounds intended for the main Union line found the immediate rear instead. Meade was forced from his location as his headquarters "seemed to be the point of all others where the rebels' fire converged all around us." (Click image for larger view).