Gettysburg 150th: Day Two

Once again, we are out on the field early. My first stop of the day is a fine tour focused on Captain Samuel R. Johnston and his reconnaissance 150 years ago this morning.

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Substantial crowd assembled.

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View of the Bushman Farm

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I know Troy Harmon likes contrasts. I’d say the last stop for the recon tour has a good helping of contrast:

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Meade’s Headquarters, were many decisions were made 150 years ago this morning:

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Some decisions became orders. Some orders were transmitted by wig-wag.

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The Signal Corps reports Confederate activity, 150 years ago –

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Looking out over triangle field:

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Through the afternoon myself and a battle buddy drifted over the Federal Left – Devils Den, Little Round Top, Wheatfield, and Peach Orchard. We took in several tour segments. But we “sampled” more than dined. Too many actions, not enough time!

Hood’s approach to Devil’s Den:

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Tour group preparing for Devil’s Den:

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Spur off Day’s Hill were the US Regulars fought:

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Looking over the retreat of the regulars through the Valley of Death, with Gibb’s Battery on the north end of Little Round Top:

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Tour group in the Wheatfield:

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View from the Peach Orchard:

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Now off to East Cemetery Hill.

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The gates of Evergreen Cemetery:

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Approach of Avery’s Brigade:

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On the other side of Cemetery Hill, Wright’s Brigade also found it impossible to break through.

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I always seem to be blessed with great sunsets at sesquicentennial events. July 2 offers another:

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Here’s looking at tomorrow:

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