Gettysburg - Then and Now

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  1. goaliedad

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    Interesting Pictures of things then and now.

    http://www.usatoday.com/interactive/2431265/
     
  2. NorwichDad

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    Thanks, I really liked that!
     
  3. Strength and Honor

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    Visiting there next week as part of my VMI & D.C trip, so excited!
     
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    Fascinating! We will be going there a couple days after I-day.
     
  5. AF6872

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    Gettsburgh Lee to Pickett: Reform Your Division.

    George Edward Pickett to General Lee: General I have no Division.

    High Water Mark. July is a Civil War month and Gettysburg is a place to see.
     
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  6. AF6872

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    The greatest battle of the Civil War originally for shoes!

    Urban Myth. There were no shoes in Gettysburgh and Heth would have known that. It was an infranty probe to the east by the UNV met by union
    calvery probing to the west. The rest is history. The high ground was the deciding factor. AP Hill was slow to realise that.
     
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  7. Strength and Honor

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    I'm in Gettysburg as we speak! Such an awesome place, history on every corner (literally, bullet holes and cannon balls in a lot of buildings from the era)!

    Also saw a car with a US Army sticker and two Norwich stickers along the road.
     
  8. kinnem

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    If you get a chance to go there, try going for a horseback ride at one of the stables nearby. You get to cover portions of the battlefield on horseback. I thought it was awesome when we did it!!!
     
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    Great Post Path. I have always wondered how 18,000 could march across that open field?
     
  11. NorwichDad

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    Thanks for that NorwichDad. One sometimes wonders how such things become lost, although in this case it seems rather clear. Although why it took so long to discover it remains a mystery. Chamberlain was one hell of an officer who went on to receive the surrender at Appomattox. His marriage eventually failed at least partly due to his war injuries.

     
  13. NorwichDad

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    Thanks kinnem,
    He was a great man who served this country a good part of his life. I was surprised he received the medal so long after the war(1893)


    Medal of Honor Citation:
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 2 July 1863, while serving with 20th Maine Infantry, in action at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for daring heroism and great tenacity in holding his position on the Little Round Top against repeated assaults, and carrying the advance position on the Great Round Top.
     
  14. AF6872

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    "The Killer Angels"
     
  15. kinnem

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    Just a guess. 1890 was (obviously) the 25th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. It was a pretty big deal at the time, much being made of it, and rightly so. I'm sure there was a great sense of "losing a generation" at that time. Many books on the war were published that year - and many of the participants were contributors if not authors. (One of the more famous ones, by the way, is "Campfire and Battlefield - An Illustrated History of the Great Civil War". I'm actually fortunate enough to have a copy from the original printing - 550 pages - pretty fragile now). Anyway, I think the renewed interest in the Civil War, at that time, is probably what drove the award of the Medal of Honor a few years later.
     

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