AUGUST 15-16, 2013


And there it is...the endless ridge of South Mountain, stretching waaay out of this picture's frame as far as the eye can see.

Just over that is Gettysburg.

When we came in September of 2012 I'd wanted to go through Cashtown as that's the route the Confederate army had taken as it came down from

the eastern slopes of South Mountain.  We had taken a road off Rt. 30 to Cashtown but had come into Old Rt. 30, which is the route I wanted, just

a half block to the right of the Cashtown Inn, which is the main thing to see there.  The road, of course, was then dirt but the Confederate army

passed right in front of it and so I'm sure Jonathon must have looked to his left and noticed it as he walked by.  The film Gettysburg had already

wrapped when its makers saw a painting with the Inn and spent $500,000 more dollars to get Martin Sheen back, dress the area appropriately with dirt, etc. and film a scene to add to it.

The Inn has been here since 1797.  This is what it looked like back at the time of the Civil War:

It was seeing this painting, which hangs over the mantel inside the Inn (this is a picture I took of the painting in the Inn)

that made the Gettysburg makers want to add this scene.  You can see the army stretching back up the hill.  Jonathon's

back there...somewhere...or would be the next day.

This is looking up that same hill as in the painting.

And this is looking east in the direction they were heading. If you see a dot of red down there, that's where we'd come onto Old Rt. 30 in 2012,

thusly missing the Inn.

The Inn is quite famously haunted and if you do a Google Image search of the Inn, you'll find pictures people have taken of what they

say are ghosts, the most often-seen one in the window just over the big 'C' in the sign.  You can still spend the night here and it's a

favorite of ghost hunters.

When we arrived in Gettysburg, coming in from the west on the Chambersburg Pike (Rt. 30), we'd stopped in 2012 at the little, always-

closed visitor's center at the very edge of the battlefield where the first day's fighting took place.  We stopped there again so I could

talk with Joey about that first day and also because I'm going to start a new story called Five In Retreat about five fictional brothers

I'm putting in the 26th North Carolina infantry and they would have fought here on this farm and in the woods off to the right. This is

the original McPherson barn that was there.  The farmhouse is gone but I'm glad the barn's still around.

I happen to be very fond of milkweed pods, especially as they age and open and release their billions of white puffies.  As Joey and I stood alongside

this rail fence at the McPherson farm, I took this through the rails of the really nice green pod on the left of the plant.

This is a zoom of the barn, showing the Lutheran Seminary to its east.  The cupola of the main building is the one you can just see

the top of over the trees to the left.  The other brick building with the smaller cupola was not there during the war.

I took this of a big mural inside the seminary and am putting it here because it shows how my view above it would have looked during

the first day's battle.

Now looking to my right, to the south, toward the woods where the 26th NC fought, and so many of them died, on July 1, 1863.

Before we went down to those woods, we crossed the Chambersburg Pike to look at the monument to Union General Reynolds,

who was killed the morning of the first day's battle.  I have a number of pictures here in the 2012 album (link at bottom of page).

And General Buford of the Union cavalry.  He's the one who went up to the cupola to get an idea of the lay of the land for the battle.

This statue of Reynolds was one of the ones that started the whole thing about horses' hooves as a symbol of what befell the rider. The sculptor of

this has two hooves off the ground and Reynolds was killed in battle.  The sculptors of the two commanding generals, Lee and Meade, have all

four hooves on the ground and neither of them were injured here.  Then another monument had one hoof up and the man had been injured and so

it was started that at Gettysburg (not generally elsewhere) that the hooves done that way would be symbolic of the rider's fate. (It is said that

if the horse has all four feet off the ground, it, too, is dead.)

That's the edge of the maple behind Reynold's and this is looking toward the railroad cut over which the grey bridge goes.  Ewell's Corps

was coming in from the north as they had gone much further that way, not coming in the Chambersburg Pike as the rest of the army was

doing.  The area off to the left beyond the scope of this picture has very large sections of battlefield from the first day but I had photographed

it in 2012 and we didn't go there again. If you're interested, there are pictures in the 2012 album.

Near Buford's statue, looking west toward South Mountain.

Looking into the edge of McPherson's woods

We drove down the road that does a curve through the woods and stopped to take a picture of the monument

to the 24th Michigan, the famous Iron Brigade, against which the 26th NC fought here.

Across the road from that is a marker for the 26th NC.  This was a horrid, bloody section of the battle but, with huge losses on

both sides, the Confederates drove the Union soldiers out of the woods and back through Gettysburg.

Looking into the woods in the direction the 26th NC came from.


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