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.
For 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.