Friday, July 18, 2008

North Carolina in Pickett's Charge - Gettysburg

A monument meant to mark the point reached by rebel troops of the 26th North Carolina Infantry during Pickett's Charge stands just yards from the low stone wall and Union artillery at the Angle at Gettysburg. The positioning of the monument - just further toward the crest of Cemetery Ridge than the marker of the site of Confederate Brigadier General Lewis Armistead's mortal wounding (and penetration of the Union line by his Virginians) - buttresses one third of the long held claim by the North Carolinians: "First at Bethel, Farthest at Gettysburg, Last at Appomattox." (Click image for larger view).

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Irish Brigade - Gettysburg

Flowers are left in remembrance between the paws of a wolfhound at the base of the Irish Brigade monument on the Stony Hill near the Wheatfield at Gettysburg. The Irish Brigade had won its fighting reputation on earlier battlefields, and was severely reduced in numbers at Gettysburg as a result. Regardless, the brigade performed well again, this time in the confusion swirling around the small field at the center of action on the second day. (Click image for larger view).

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Devil's Den - Gettysburg

Stars streak over a moonlit Devil's Den at Gettysburg. The massive, jumbled boulders anchored the Union line as Confederates pushed their attacks on the second day of fighting. But the terrain did little to help stop the rebels from overrunning this position as the rest of the Union left collapsed. (Click image for larger view).

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hold at Any Cost - Gettysburg

Dawn sun traces the delicately carved state seal on the 16th Maine infantry monument on Oak Ridge on the battlefield of the first day of fighting at Gettysburg. 275 men and officers went into the battle, only three dozen or so would arrive in retreat on Cemetery Hill as the fighting concluded. The bulk of the regiment was captured, not on Oak Ridge but nearby, making a stand under orders to "hold the position at any cost" - allowing countless comrades to escape the rebels as the Confederates won the first day of fighting and swept into the town. (Click image for larger view).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Confederate Cannonade - Gettysburg

Cannons stand where a Confederate line of artillery took position along Seminary Ridge. Here, shortly after noon on July 3, 1863 and following two days of intense fighting at Gettysburg, a line of cannon opened fire a the Union center. For more than an hour the artillery fired in the barage that rebel artillerists hoped would weaken the Union position before Pickett's Charge stepped off. With Union guns answering back, Brigadier General Alexander Webb was one of thousands of Northern soldiers holding the targeted line. "I have been through many battles, in all sorts of places, under all fires but never have I heard such cannonading as they opened on our lines," Webb wrote. (Click image for larger view).