Wednesday, January 14, 2009

'Don't give up your guns' - Rickett's Battery, Gettysburg

The monument to Rickett's Battery on East Cemetery Hill belies the chaos that swirled around his and other batteries on the hill at nightfall on the second day at Gettysburg. A Confederate attack briefly overran the hill, including a section of Rickett's guns. As his gunners fought off the attackers in hand-to-hand combat on his left, his right continued to fire cannister at other rebels less successful at gaining the crest. The order: "Die on the soil of your State, but don't give up your guns," was carried out to the extreme by three cannoneers among the battery's casualties that night. (Click image for larger view).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Right of the Army of the Potomac - Gettysburg

The right flank marker of the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry monument stands next to a marker for the right of the Army of the Potomac on 'Lost Avenue' on Wolf Hill at Gettysburg. (Click image for larger view).

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jennie Wade - Gettysburg

The grave of Jennie Wade (top center), the only civilian killed during the battle of Gettysburg, rests in the Evergreen Cemetery on Cemetery Hill. Many Gettysburg notables are also buried in the cemetery that gave Cemetery Hill and Cemetery Ridge its names, including civilian-turned-combatant John Burns, battlefield photographer William Tipton and baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Plank. (Click image for larger view).