Last Friday was Dale’s birthday and I took him to his favorite place for the weekend. Gettysburg. It’s a long drive, especially when there is traffic in Connecticut and New York, but it was worth it to see Dale enjoy it so much. He must have thanked me more than a dozen times.
It sure is photogenic there. The fields are gorgeous this time of year, full of greens and browns.
The monuments are plentiful and some, like this one for the Pennsylvania units, are truly spectacular. And huge! Dale climbed up all the steps to take in the view from above but I stayed on the ground below and took more pictures.
This monument overlooks Devil’s Den from Little Round Top. I think it’s a great reminder of what those officers saw back in July 1863. Death and destruction in such a beautiful setting.
As we were driving through the battlefield I spied this red headed woodpecker in flight. First he landed on a nearby tree and then he flew over and landed on this monument. What a fantastic sight – I was so happy to capture this shot as we don’t have these birds in Southeastern Massachusetts.
This coming weekend is the big 146th reenactment but the place was already crawling with reenactors. This Confederate unit was set up at Spangler’s Spring. They put on a great educational program for the spectators.
But I really prefer to see the fields without the people. The Wheatfield was the spot of a terribly bloody battle although you’d never know it to see it now. I can’t help but think about it when I’m standing there, though. All those men. Dead. Such a waste.
It’s important that we remember what happened there. We must pay tribute and study and understand how fragile our union truly is so that we never let something like a civil war happen again.