Daily Archives: September 4, 2014

Statues, and Gettysburg

We’ve visited the Gettysburg Battlefield several times in the past two years, and one thing that always amazes me is the sculpture. There are statues of soldiers and bas-reliefs and symbolic figures everywhere; it’s like traveling through a grimmer-than-usual sculpture garden.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor some reason, I’m always startled by this statue of William Wells of the Vermont Cavalry (a soldier I had never heard of until I saw him here on Big Round Top) striding out of the woods. At the time of the battle, he was a twenty-six year old major; only two years later, he was a general. That probably tells us something about the horrifying death rate back then, but he must have been a capable officer as well.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt any rate, rest in peace, William Wells; you did your job and helped put your country back together.