|Gettysburg Cemetery. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Put those ungrateful, frustrated little wretches atop a horse, though, and it becomes an adventure. Put yourself on one and understand the greatest battle of the Civil War.
What occurred there sinks in, too.
|Virginia's monument to Robert E. Lee and the troops he led. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Tip: Get thee to a horse.
|The beginning of a ride the battle from the Southern side. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Southern troops spread across a farmer's fields - no shade or water. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|It's still farmland and the farmhouse is still there. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|The barn from a neighboring farm is still there, too. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Once the Southern troops left a thin line of trees they were in the open with little cover. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
|Northern troops held the high ground. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Speaking of guides, you can opt for ordinary, a costumed General Robert E. Lee or the whole group to be in period costumes. Ordinary, the least expensive, was just fine, thank you. I can imagine how uncomfortable woolen uniforms would have been on those three hot July days.
|Aptly named Cemetery Ridge was perfect cover for snipers. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Those licensed guides/rangers, by the way, study for years and are rigorously tested on their knowledge of the battle and the times. It's easier to get a PhD from an Ivy League college than to become a guide at Gettysburg.
|The result: the Union was saved and the Emancipation Proclamation could be signed into law at a cost to both sides of 51,000 casualties among the 170,000 men and 5,000 dead horses. Photo © by Judy Wells.|
Find out more at
Gettysburg National Military Park, www.nps.gov/gett