Friday, September 19, 2008

North Carolina Monument - Gettysburg

Four of the five figures on the North Carolina Monument push toward Cemetery Ridge from their position on Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg. One in four Confederate casualties during the battle was a North Carolinian. (Click image for larger view).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pennsylvania Monument - Gettysburg

The Pennsylvania Monument stands on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg. The massive monument, the largest on the field, memorializes the Keystone State soldiers who fought in the battle - and lists the names of more than 34,000 present at the battle. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

'It is all my fault' - Gettysburg

The Virginia State Memorial stands on Seminary Ridge, topped by an equestrian figure of Robert E. Lee and not far from where he both watched Pickett's Charge and moved among its survivors returning to the ridge. Lee accepted blame for the failed attack as he tried to make sure his army was in position to respond to a counter attack. "It was not your fault this time. It was all my fault," Lee said. (Click image for larger view).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

'You all remember that afternoon' - Gettysburg

The 68th Pennsylvania Infantry monument stands in the last light at the Peach Orchard, scene of fighting on the second day at Gettysburg. The 68th was one of many Union regiments and artillery units forced back under heavy attacks at the salient. "You all remember that afternoon," one speaker commented at the monument dedication exactly 25 years later, "and out of the small band of us that went into that orchard few of us came safely out, but you did your duty bravely while there." (Click image for larger view).

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cemetery Ridge - Gettysburg

Union cannon rests on Cemetery Ridge at Gettysburg, scene of fighting during both the second and third day of battle. Confederate artillery officer E.P. Alexander later wrote about the cannonade that targeted the Northern guns such as these, as well as the men on Cemetery Ridge before Pickett's Charge: "It was not meant simply to make a noise, but to try and cripple him - to tear him limbless, as it were, if possible." (Click image for larger view).