July 3 starts, as it did 150 years ago, on Culp’s Hill. I’ll update this post throughout the day, so be sure to check back. And as always, you can follow the updates on Twitter, were we are using the hashtag #gburg150.
Spangler’s Meadow this early morning:
The groups, as each of the tours this week, remain large in numbers.
Start of Cavalry Battlefield tour. Rain, rain go away:
How could I not stand at the Rogers House at the mark when the great cannonade started?
Confederate batteries occupied the rise north of the house:
Federal counter battery fire:
Wide pano view, the Confederate line forming:
The angle is packed:
Pickett’s charge was surreal. Just the number of people on each side. Let me offer these images instead of commentary:
To close the program, what seemed like a dozen buglers sounded taps, in secession. So taps ran for what seemed like ten minutes. The crowd was silent (at least for the first part, but later many drifted off to beat the traffic).
This 150th at Gettysburg surpassed my expectations. There were a few locations I wish the staff could have worked into the program. But I also know they had to balance coverage of so many portions of a large battle. For those who steered away with dire predictions of heat, crowds, and other problems, none of which proved to be issues at all, I say you missed out on a great event.