Friday, October 3, 2008
Cannon surround the High Water Mark monument at the Angle on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg. The monument, created by early park superintendent and historian John Bachelder, depicts an open "book of history" resting on cannon shot at the Copse of Trees, the supposed target of Lee's grand assault - Pickett Charge. Pickett's attack briefly punched through the Union line here, marking the Confederate high tide at Gettysburg, and perhaps the war. (Click image for larger view).
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The monument to the 9th Pa. Reserves stands on the rocky ground of Little Round Top where it secured the line between the Round Tops as fighting settled down on the second day of battle at Gettysburg. The marker depicts a soldier standing over the fresh grave of a comrade, hat in hand, head down. (Click image for larger view).
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The sun breaks over the summit of Little Round Top and the 12th and 44th New York Infantry monument at Gettysburg. The marker is the largest regimental monument on the field, memorializing the nearly 600 men the combined regiments brought to the battle. (Click image for larger view).
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
The monument to Major General George Gordon Meade, commander of the Union army at Gettysburg, stands on Cemetery Ridge, site of the general's greatest victory. Meade did not personally witness the climax of his army's victory, arriving at the scene as Pickett's Charge was receding. "What, is the enemy entirely repulsed?" he asked as he took in the view of the retreating Rebels and the carnage before him. Assured the Southerners were, in fact, defeated, Meade checked a desire to celebrate and instead uttered: "Thank God!" (Click image for larger view).