I'm late again. I was hoping to post a piece on July 4th, but I was out celebrating my favorite national holiday ... July 4th, Independence Day. To me, every Fourth of July is special, but this one is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg lasted three days, beginning … Continue reading Gettysburg
The end of World War I was marked by Germany signing the armistice (truce) at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day, a holiday to remember the anniversary of the end of the Great War. In 1954 President … Continue reading Armistice Day
This scene made me stop and think. Which came first, the cannon or the grave sites? While I was at Gettysburg, I didn't have time to research this, but it sure made me think. I know that the Union troops occupied the high ground, one of which was called Cemetery Ridge, where this photo was … Continue reading Cause and Effect
I couldn't locate General Meade's headquarters at Gettysburg, so you'll have to settle for his hindquarters. Trick or Treat Thought for the Day: Ever notice that the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them?
Located about 3 miles southeast of Gettysburg, PA, this farm house, built in 1862, is now a charming B&B. Our room was on the second floor, overlooking the expansive front lawn where this picture was taken. The second story floor boards were wide planks that sagged in some areas and creaked with every step; a burglar … Continue reading Civil War buildings
I've often wondered how my super-sophisticated, high-tech Canon DSLR would fare against the cannons used in the Civil War. At 8.5 frames per second, my Canon could easily "outshoot" the lumbering 2,000 lb single-shot artillery pieces used at Gettysburg. But the battlefield is so massive, approximately 3 x 5 miles, I wasn't sure I'd have enough "ammuniton". If … Continue reading Canon fire