Gettysburg – July 1, 1863

The Battle of Gettysburg started here, along McPherson  Ridge.

Robert E. Lee had ventured north, looking for a fight.

And he found one.

Confederate's attack

As the day progressed, and the opposing armies started moving forces into the area, the Confederates continued the attack, charging off of this hill (seen to the right of this image) attacking the Union positions located off to the left of the image.

View from the observation tower

The Confederate’s were victorious on the first day of the battle, driving the Union forces back towards Cemetery Hill and into Gettysburg itself.

The Union forces were arrayed along this line, and eventually buckled under the attacks they faced all day.

Union lines

My visit to the battlefield at Gettysburg was quite moving.  I wish it hadn’t taken me this long to get there and I think it’s something every American should do.

Since I got there in the middle of the day, more or less, I decided to shoot in b/w and then converted to sepia at the touch of a button in Picasa.  I think it’s fitting and like the look.

That being said, there were a few places I shot in color and I thought the beauty of these flowers in a place where so many men fought and died was an interesting contrast.

Looking across to McPherson Ridge

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~ by Derrick Birdsall on July 1, 2010.

2 Responses to “Gettysburg – July 1, 1863”

  1. Imagine all the blood on the ground after that battle concluded…. My visit there in 1991 was moving to say the least. It was a gorgeous autumn day and so peaceful; difficult to imagine 53,000 dead and wounded after three days of fighting.

  2. […] both sides licking their wounds.  The Union troops had been driving from their positions on the first day of the battle and the Confederates had been hammered hard on the second day. Lee, feeling his […]

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