Welcome to Gettysburg Photographs
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Me and Gettysburg
All I remember from my first trip to Gettysburg is the cannons. I was just five and it was a stop on the family vacation to Naval Station Norfolk to see my brother and his wife. My parents hired a licensed guide, who drove us through the battlefield, but all I remember is cannons. In high school, I discovered Bruce Catton’s The Civil War from American Heritage Books. Because of it, I started to develop an interest in the war. But it was the The Killer Angles that focused my attention on Gettysburg. I fell in love with the story of the college professor from Maine, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
The 1986 visit is the first one I remember. I have some photographs from that visit to show how much the battlefield has changed. My focus of that first visit was to find the location of the 20th Maine’s fight on Little Round Top. I walked past the small sign three times before I saw it pointing down a narrow path through the woods. The path took me down to the small monument. It was misting rain and close to dark. Standing alone I was amazed how peaceful it was. As I looked down to the valley between the Round Tops, I got to wondering about the rebel office Chamberlain had captured at the point of his sword. It was then I decided to write a novel about how the two of them had gotten to Little Round Top.
Courage on Little Round Top
After six months of research, I found the rebel officer’s name. In a roster of the 15th Alabama regiment, I finally saw documented that Chamberlain captured Robert Wicker. I did five more years of research before I was ready to start writing. Courage on Little Round Top is a product of 15 years of struggles. It is the story of the college professor and the college student and how they ended up fighting at Gettysburg.
I started the website to help promote my novel. It has become much more popular than I thought possible. I get visitors from around the world. I have moved the site to WordPress to make it easier to update and read. It is a work in progress. I have photographs to add from numerous other battlefields. Also, I have panoramic photos from Gettysburg I have yet to upload.
“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” A. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
On July 1st 1863 two great armies met at the town of Gettysburg, PA. The fight west and north of town was a southern victory. The Union army retreated to the heights south of town. Robert E Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia failed to press their advantage, so the Yankees built a strong defensive position east and south of town. For two days, Robert E. Lee directed his army to attack the Union line without success. Their efforts ended in the famous charge of Pickett’s and Pender’s Divisions with the loss of 75% of the attacks killed, wounded, or captured.
After the war, veterans from both sides returned to Gettysburg walk the battlefield and remember what they had done there. They erected Monuments built roads, rail and trolley line across the battlefield. Businesses and homes were also built on the field. Through efforts of the National Park Service, Civil War Trust, Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, Gettysburg Foundation, and in addition to many others much of the land has been reclaimed.
Gettysburg Photographs.com brings you the modern battlefield in amazing detail and color.
Gettysburg National Military Park Restoration.
The National Park Service is in the middle of a project to restore the battlefield to its 1863 appearance. The goals of the project are to restore historic integrity; enhancing visitor opportunities and understanding; and creating a sustainable historic environment by improving wetlands, water quality and wildlife habitat.
This view along Confederate Avenue shows how the tree cutting has opened up the view of East Cemetery Hill in the distance, which restores the view the rebel army had on this part of the battlefield. The park also did tree cutting on the approaches to Devils Den. You can also see that cutting in my Little Round Top Gallery. The Peach Orchard has more than doubled in size with trees planted south and north of the park road. They are just a few of the examples on Gettysburg Photographs.
About the Galleries
My photographs are displayed using NextGen Galleries. Thumbnails layout provide you an overview of all the photographs in the gallery, so you can hover over any photograph and it will display its title and links to social media. Click on any of the photographs and you will see a Lightbox view of the entire gallery. To the lower right of the last thumbnail you have two options to view the gallery. The first brings up the Lightbox view. The second allows you to post comment on each photograph as well as like it on social media.
Gettysburg Auto Tour Map
The park service provides a detailed tour map of the entire area available on-line for download and my auto tour page shows all the auto tour stops. You can also find galleries that match places labeled on the map like Devil’s Den, Buford Avenue, and Rose Farm.