Yesterday was going to be such a beautiful day, I thought that this is the day to make a 3 hr. road trip to Historic Gettysburg. Was glad that I did. It was just a perfect day for this. Clear skies & warm temperatures made for a great time to walk around with my Nikon.
Like the sign say’s, here in this area is where the Army of Virginia, approaching Gettysburg, from the top of the Image, engaged Union Forces coming from the bottom of the Image. This was on the opening day of the fight, July 1, 1863. The building off to the left corner of my Image was not there at the time. It is a “comfort” stop for everyone to use. The Fence was there at the time, but was destroyed by Confederate Forces. It was re-built by the Gettysburg Historical Park to show what the battlefield was back then.
This area was the site of some horrendous fighting between the two forces. Many lives were lost in this area with the fierce hand-to-had fighting, cannon fire, and musket fire that took a horrible toll on both sides.
This is the McPherson Farm that was caught in the fight on the 1st day of the battle. This farm was owned by Edward McPherson and built in 1837. John Stentz was living here at the time. The Farm House that was here burned down in 1895. That’s why you don’t see everything that used to be here. As the fighting progressed thru this area, the Barn was used as a Hospital for both Union & Confederate forces. The dead & wounded soldiers littered the fields all around the barn. The Barn received heavy damage during the fight from cannon & musket fire. There are still holes in the stone from musket fire embedded in the barn that you can’t see from a distance. The Monument on the upper corner of the Image is one of Gen. Buford that was in command of the Union at the time.
It’s a bit hard to stand here and try to visualize all the fighting that took place here. It was quiet now. No sound, except traffic moving. Birds were chirping and this Hallowed Ground was once turned Red with the blood of Union & Confederate Forces. Each one fighting for what they believed in.