CW 150 – Gettysburg, day 2

July 2, 1863: 150 years ago today….

In some of the fiercest fighting of the war and culminating with a downhill bayonet charge, Union troops on Little Round Top held off a determined Confederate attack in these woods.

I’ve been to many, many historic places and every now and again, one will definitely grab a hold. Little Round Top was one of those places for me.

Quietly working my way up this hill I began to imagine just what a slog it would have been in brogans, carrying a bunch of gear, wearing wool in July and with people just across the way trying to kill me.

Listening carefully, I could hear the minie balls whistling through the trees and hear the cries of the wounded and dying all around me.

Powerful place, let me tell you.

Little Round Top

Little Round Top










The Wheat-field – attack and counter-attack took place over the afternoon and early evening hours of July 2, 1863. It was said at the time that you could walk from where this image was taken to the tree line without ever touching the ground on the bodies of the dead.

There must have been a lot of dust in the air the day I visited as I couldn’t keep my eyes from watering over.

The Wheat-field

The Wheat-field




~ by Derrick Birdsall on July 2, 2013.

2 Responses to “CW 150 – Gettysburg, day 2”

  1. Thanks for the very touching reminder of the price so many have paid to defend what they believed in.


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