|McPherson's Barn atop the ridge of the same name. |
This was the first thing we saw as we drove into Gettysburg.
GPS and Siri difficulties not withstanding, we rolled into Gettysburg on a tuesday evening and checked into our hotel, The Inn At Cemetery Hill. The accommodations were a bit better than expected and the hotel was within a block of the intersection of Steinwehr Avenue and Baltimore Pike. In other words, smack dab in the middle of things.
Our initial approach march into Gettysburg came from the west, along the Chambersburg Pike, following the path of the unfortunate Confederate General Henry (Harry) Heth. Lelia was absolutely gobsmacked when we drove over the ridge and there in front of us lay McPherson's Ridge and Barn and the full view of the ground where the first day's battle was fought.
|View of Gettysburg looking from west of town on the Chambersburg Pike.|
After we unpacked our bags from the baggage train, we did a little exploring of the town and it quickly became apparent to me that there was a noticeable lack of places to have breakfast on the next morn. There appears to be a business opportunity here for some enterprising individual. Fortunately, Lelia had spied the Lincoln Diner on our way through town and after taking another look at the place, it looked to be a suitable site for some morning grub.
The next morning we arrived at the Lincoln Diner and both had a breakfast of fried hardtack with pork fat. Ok, we really had French Toast and Bacon and some Diet Pepsi for our morning serving of caffeine. I highly recommend coming here for breakfast if you happen to be staying in Gettysburg.
|The Lincoln Diner|
|Dad and Lelia at the Lincoln Diner|
|The new (for me at least) Gettysburg Visitors' Center|
|We met this gentleman sitting outside the Visitors Center|
|One of the panels of the Cyclorama painting. The 3D effect of the mural is amazing.|
|Assorted artillery munitions used during the Civil War. |
The size of the grape shot in the canister cone amazed me.
|Believe it or not, most of the musical instruments in the display are saxophones of various types.|
|Various Civil War era carbines typically used by cavalry.|
I later purchased an 1860 model Spencer Carbine for my collection.
|Lelia met a couple of Parrots on Cemetery Ridge|
|I taught Lelia how to spot the difference between a 10-pound Parrot, a 12-pound Napoleon, a 12-pound Howitzer and a 3-inch Ordnance Rifle.|
|Lelia climbed to the top of the Pennsylvania monument (against my better judgement) |
to get a better view of the battlefield.
|Cemetery Ridge as seen from the top of the Pennsylvania monument.|
|The view of the Codori Farm in the middle distance. |
This is part of the ground crossed by Picket's Charge on the third day of Gettysburg.
|Looking towards the Peach Orchard (upper right corner).|
|Views of Little Round Top (left) and Round Top (right)|
|Gettysburg Park Ranger leads a one hour tour of the fighting at Little Round Top.|
|The left flank of the Union line on Little Round Top. This is where the 20th Maine earned some glory.|
|A view of Little Round Top from the Valley of Death along Plum Run.|
Click on the picture to enlarge. The little white specks near the monument on the left are people.
This illustrates how hard it would have been to make targets out.
|Devil's Den, just below Little Round Top. The site was covered with trees and brush at my last visit in 2007. The area has since been cleared of underbrush and trees that were not there in 1863.|
|The Emmitsburg Road around 8PM.|
|A path leading up from the Emmitsburg Road to the Union lines atop Cemetery Ridge.|
|The Emmitsburg Road looking south.|
|The same view rendered in black and white.|