AUGUST 15, 2014
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I hadn't expected to get my 'annual pilgrimage' to Gettysburg in this year, but Carl suddenly suggested we do a day trip while he was
off work Friday, August 15th, as the weather was going to be good. I had been wanting to go back ever since I'd read a new book on
Barksdale's Charge on July 2, 1863 which gave more detail about the later part of the charge. I'd walked down the Trostle Farm road
in 2012, thinking Jonathon had curved across field # 3 toward Plum Run, whereas he'd actually continued straight on behind the Klingle
farm then made almost a right angle to cut down toward the Run, stopping to scoop up a quick drink at a spring in that field. So I wanted
to walk from the Trostle Lane across to the back side of the Klingle farm, then cut down toward the spring and on to Plum Run. That
was my definitive goal in going back to Gettysburg and I also wanted to get into the military cemetery where I'd not gone before. We
weren't going to Devil's Den or Little Round Top, etc. but I DID have to make my first stop at the place where the charge began so I
could look across field #1 toward the Sherfy Farm. It is this central section of the battlefield with fields 1, 2, 3, and 4 that ARE Gettysburg
for me because of Jonathon. So, you'll have to deal with the pictures from the origin of the charge before I get to new areas. Hang in
there, though, as I've got a lot of new stuff comin' up! If you read the captions, especially on pages 4 and 5, you'll see why doing what I
wanted to do here today was a big deal for me.
The Sherfy barn just above the end of the barrel.
Looking a little more northerly toward the town, with the Louisiana monument seen just to the right of the tree.
Zooming in toward the north because I saw the white balloon. That would be neat, sailing over the battlefield like that!
A zoom toward the Sherfy house and barn.
Behind the Mississippi monument
The side of the monument. You can see what a pretty day it was. Temps around 72-74 degrees, bit of a breeze.
The fallen colorguard's hand is pointing down directly at the Sherfy barn.
That's our blue car back there.
I can't stand here and look across field # 1 and not think of my walk across it 2 years ago.
A tight zoom of the back of the Sherfy house. The white pickets enclose its vegetable garden. More on that coming up.
Both Round Tops and the curve leads you straight to the Peach Orchard.
A final look into the Pitzer Woods where the Mississippians waited before the charge, only with not so much underbrush then.
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BACK TO GETTYSBURG AUGUST 2013 WITH JOEY
BACK TO GETTYSBURG SEPTEMBER 2012 WITH ME DOING THE CHARGE
BACK TO CONFEDERATE FOOTSTEPS IN GETTYSBURG
BACK TO JONATHON'S STORY IN GETTYSBURG
BACK TO JO'S OTHER PLACE