Skip to comments.Gettysburg readies for 150th anniversary of battle
Posted on 05/26/2013 10:26:40 PM PDT by Java4Jay
The commemoration of this year's milestone anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg will include amenities that soldiers would have relished 150 years ago.
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Well. There goes the neighborhood.
Besides, didn't the sequester put an end to all this sort of thing?
My great-grandfather’s eldest brother was one of the casualties at Gettysburg. He was killed on the second day of the battle in Barksdale’s charge through the Peach Orchard and was buried in the field. He was a private in the 13th Mississippi and had fought at First Manassas, Second Fredericksburg, and a few other battles I can’t recall at the moment. I have a picture of him in his uniform, he was in his early 20s.
Wow wow! Its good to have a link to the past like that.
In ‘98 I participated in the 135th anniversary reenactment. At that time, with over 15,000 re-enactors, it was billed as the biggest meeting of the Blue and Gray since the war itself. I went with our local company of the 14th Brooklyn regiment. (In the movie Gettysburg you can see them passing behind Gen Reynolds as he lay dying.) They were able to stage Pickett’s charge full scale. That was a sight not soon forgotten. The sound of musketry was like storm waves on a beach. There were 135 artillery pieces, which I believe was also something of a record.
Actually considerably larger than 15,000. Picketts charge
on Sunday had right at 11,000 Rebs. Union opposition was
about 9,500. Added to that were 700 artillerymen to man
the guns and over 2000 mounted cavalry. Some estimates
place the number of participants at over 30,000. During Picketts charge my company was part of the 14th Conn.
just down the line from the “angle”. It was a magnificent sight to be sure.
Strategically the fall of Vicksburg the day after Gettysburg was probably the more important victory since it split the Confederacy in half. But all in all it wasn’t a banner week for the Confederate war effort.
“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before usthat from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotionthat we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vainthat this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedomand that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
— Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
As great as his Gettysburg Address is, I’ve always been more partial to his Second Inaugural Address. But in an era when speeches ran hours long, Lincoln could say more with fewer words than anyone else.
It just seemed appropriate to this thread. And to this day.
Lincoln saved the country 150 years ago. It’s up to us to save it again today.
--George Washington, First Inaugural Address, 1789
“They were the pillars of the temple of liberty; and now, that they have crumbled away, that temple must fall, unless we, their descendants, supply their places with other pillars, hewn from the solid quarry of sober reason. Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense.—Let those materials be molded into general intelligence, sound morality, and in particular, a reverence for the constitution and laws: and, that we improved to the last; that we remained free to the last; that we revered his name to the last; that, during his long sleep, we permitted no hostile foot to pass over or desecrate his resting place; shall be that which to learn the last trump shall awaken our WASHINGTON.” — Abraham Lincoln, 1838
God Bless Abe Lincoln, the Northern Soldiers and the United States of America!!!!
I must be getting old.
I remember the LAST Veteran of the Civil War passed away during my childhood.
We’re getting ready for the 150th anniversary of everything Civil War.
Two of my ancestors were in the Wheatfield, just a short distance away. They were privates in Company F, 16th Georgia Infantry. They’d already lost a brother in the war (Battle of Crampton’s Gap, Md) and both of them would be captured before the war ended. One brother died in the Elmira POW Camp, but the other survived Point Lookout and returned home to find everything razed by Sherman’s March to the Sea.
Wow. He “seen the elephant”.
! well said!
A couple of years ago I read an article that estimated the number of persons attending the 150th anniversary of the battle to be as high as 2 million over 3 days.
I wonder if there will be near that visitation?
My great-grandfather was on Culp’s Hill as an aide to BG Alpheus Williams who commanded the 12th Corps (or 1st Div, 12th Corps, depending on one’s interpretation of Slocum’s role as “Wing Commander” following Reynold’s death.) Several years ago I spent a day retracing his steps as they approached the battlefield and took the high ground on the north end of the fishhook. What a moving experience. Thank you, great-grandfather, and all who were with you....
My great something grandfather also fought at Gettysburg, where he was wounded and lay beside a fallen tree for three days until he was found. He lied about his age, enlisted in an Ohio regiment at age 14, was captured at Vicksburg and escaped and rejoined his unit in time for Gettysburg.
I’ve seen his enlistment and reenlistment papers, he was in for five years 1860 to 1865, was with Sherman.
He lived well into his 90’s, born in 1846 and died in 1940.
A big shoutout to all veterans, including those who fought in the Battle of Northern Agression!
The men of that era were a tough bunch.
That ancestor I was speaking of had also been wounded and captured in late April of 1863, at Fredericksburg. He was held at the Old Capitol Prison but then released and he rejoined his outfit in time for Gettysburg.
we’re going to this but trying to find a place to sleep will be hard.
we’re going and it is impossible to find a place to sleep and get involved.
Will the left try to ban confederate flags on this as it would nto surprise me at all with their insane agenda and views
Was just there in March. What a place. You can’t tour the battlefield without being overawed by the sense of history and the sense of sacrifice on both sides.
Are you in it or just going to watch?
might be in it as I know quite a few re-enactors and are trying to get me and the family a place but if not then I am going to watch and walk those fields.
Misses and I have just been discussing the final details, Harpers ferry, everything about Stonewall on the way and maybe VMI.
It;’s where to sleep which is the problem , been to Gettysburg before and it’s only a small town and so we might have to stay about an hours drive away .
I have been there 7 or 8 times the place is awe inspiring what those people did, both sides.
The fun part for me was visiting the First Minnesota memorial and re-enacting their march to Plum Run.
I also spent about as much time on Confederate Avenue as I did at the Angle and the Stone wall. Wonderful pictures at the Virginia and North Carolina memorials as well.
Take lots of pictures.
Had another relative killed there with the 118th Illinois on Missionary Ridge after the main battle two of his brothers were there when Grant relieved Chattanooga.
It took the bloodiest war in our history to “save” our country the last time it was this divided.
We can learn from the past by implementing a simpler, better, and less contentious alternative, such as apportioning Presidential electors by Congressional seats (as is now done in Maine and Nebraska).
Were this to be implemented nationwide, it would help better reflect the will of voters throughout each state (instead of rewarding fraud in densely populated city centers such as Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, and so on).
I’d like to get down there. I’m sure there’s a ton to see. Thanks for the recommendation!
I would LOVE to visit Gettysburg some day!
Sounds like you have some wonderful memories...would have enjoyed seeing your re-enactment!
That’s another one I’d like to see. As the battlefields come under threat from development, though, one wonders how much longer some of them will be around.
This was east of the town, the north east I think
Northeast would be near Culp’s Hill. Most people don’t see that part of the battlefield and they ought to.
My cousin fought at Antietem wih the CT 17th, they did well...for a while, but got pushed back
It was a thrill to see where they crossed the strem, Snaveley’s Ford, and their monument in Antietem
They went to Fredericksburgh but rested, they were too beat to fight there, and good thing, us Yankees got waxed there
he was wounded in north Carolina, went to a POW camp and died
he is buried in New Bern, North Carolina
he is lucky to have survived point Lookout, too
None of those POW camps were meant to keep people alive
my cousin died in one in NC after being wounded
panorama pics of Gettysburgh: