Category Archives: Gettysburg


Wordless Wednesday – September 24, 2014


Flowers, and names

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s a picture of Queen Anne’s Lace and bluetop.

Or is it a picture of wild carrot (if you manage to break those tough, wiry flower stems, they do smell a bit like carrots) and wild aster? I grew up using the first pair of names, but I know some people prefer the others. Then there’s the question of how many other languages have their own names for these flowers…

The world is so full of a number of things, and even fuller of names. Luckily, the wildflowers don’t seem to care.

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.


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GettysburgWildflowers20130928Taken in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg the last Saturday of September.

Posted today because I’ve been running on overload and haven’t written anything. Tomorrow, I’ll come up with a real post. Really.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Statues, Carvings, Sculptures

Over the past year, we’ve been to Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) several times, partly because it’s the 150th anniversary of the battle there that probably settled the outcome of the Civil War, and partly because it’s a reasonably close place for short sightseeing trips. I’ve been meaning to put up a couple of posts about the park, and Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week gave me the nudge I needed to start. Cee’s topic this week is “Statues, Carvings, Sculptures”, and it’s almost impossible to go anywhere near Gettysburg Battlefield with a camera and not photograph some statues, carvings, and sculptures.

Louisiana Monument, 1971

There are newish, stylized statues like the Louisiana Monument, dedicated in 1971…

GettysburgNorthCarolinaMonument1929…and dynamic statues like the North Carolina Monument, from 1929.

There are various kinds of symbolic carvings –

Gettysburg1stNYLightArtillerythis monument to the First New York Light artillery, for example…

GettysburgNewYorkIrish…or this one to the New York “Irish Brigade”.

Most of the statues are on tall pedestals or in hard-to-reach places.

GettyeburgGeneralWarrenLittleRoundTopFor example, General Warren, the Chief Engineer of the Union Army, has stood on this boulder at the top of Little Round Top, binoculars in his right hand, considering the Confederate line in the distance ever since 1888.

GettysburgColPatrickORorkeBut this bust of Colonel Patrick O’Rorke, killed early on the second day of the battle, is easy to reach, and you can see with one glance at his nose that thousands of children over the years have paid their respects.

There are very few places (other than art galleries and sculpture gardens) with more statues scattered everywhere than the Gettysburg Battlefield; what’s impressive about all this art is that most of it was put up twenty to fifty years afterwards by the survivors. This isn’t someone’s officially planned memorial. It’s how the soldiers themselves wanted to be remembered, and so remembered they are.


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