Baron: Gettysburg (6.2001)
On my way back from the
ISIT conference in Washington, DC, I drove
north to Gettysburg, where I toured the celebrated
To get you up to date, at the height of the
Confederacy's power, a month after a victorious
battle at Chancellorsville, Virginia, General Lee
marched his army north into Pennsylvania.
On July 1, 1863, near Gettysburg,
his forces met Union forces, who held their
positions throughtout most of the day. During the
night, the Union's General Meade amassed his army.
On July 2, General Lee struck again, attacking
the two extremeties of Meade's huge column.
Union forces held on to strategic Little Round Top.
Finally, on July 3, with the last push for victory,
Lee struck right in the middle of Meade's
forces. Once the famous Pickett's charge was
subdued, the southern morale was crushed.
Getting in on the action
Each cannon was manned by a team.
Transport, armament, ballistics guidance,
The storyteller doctor
The tour guide was dressed like a real (medical)
doctor, a veteran of the battle,
who came to visit the grounds in the mid 1880s.
Among his other peculiar behaviors, reminiscent
of the 19th century, he commented on women's
right to vote. Note the confederate soldier
watching cautiously in the background!
Little Round Top
The Confederates tried to capture this position,
but the Union realized its strategic importance.
Here come the confederates
This is where Pickett's charge took place
on July 3, 1863.
At the height of the Confederacy's power,
General Lee's last major offensive took
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