Friday, October 10, 2008

In Memory - Gettysburg

A simple sentiment in polished granite echoes many on monuments throughout the battlefield of Gettysburg. This one stands on the north slope of Little Round Top. (Click image for larger view).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Geary on Culp's Hill - Gettysburg

The monument to Brigadier General John Geary stands on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg. The men of Geary's division dug in and created formidable breastworks on the hill that were soon to be tested. After being sent to a different part of the field, his men had to fight their way back to their works after mistakenly being marched off the battlefield, then ordered to their original position. (Click image for larger view).

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Rocky slope of Culp's Hill - Gettysburg

Union monuments stand among the boulders of Culp's Hill that helped turned the Gettyburg rise into a stronghold. "Our position and the front were covered with a heavy growth of timber, free from undergrowth, with large ledges of rock projecting above the surface," reported Brigadier General George Greene. "These rocks and trees offered good cover for marksmen." The breastworks or "rifle pits" created on the hill would soon be the focus of the fight. (Click image for larger view).

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Dusk on East Cemetery Hill - Gettysburg

Last light shines on East Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg and the monuments to the 7th West Virginia Infantry and Union corps commander Major General Winfield Scott Hancock. It was at dusk on the second day of fighting that a Confederate charge crested here, with a repulse coming in virtual darkness on the prominent, cannon-covered hill. As reinforcements sent by Hancock, including the 7th West Virginia, passed the busy artillery one of the cannoneers expressed his joy with a shout: "Glory to God! We are saved!" (Click image for larger view).

Monday, October 6, 2008

First Long Island - Culp's Hill, Gettysburg

The First Long Island (67th New York) Infantry monument stands on Culp's Hill, scene of fierce fighting at Gettysburg. The New Yorkers were fortunate in this battle, however, being ordered in after the heavy fighting had passed and suffering light casualties compared to others in the sector. (Click image for larger view).