Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Grand Tour, pt. 3

Our day was a great success – very little rain, even though it was a tad bit cooler than we had anticipated. We wound up spending almost six hours at Antietam – walking the Sunken Road, and following Reilly’s Battery around the field. Of course we visited the sites associated with Branch’s Brigade. Had a great talk about the 37th NCT and Branch’s brigade with one of the rangers. More about this later. We skipped South Mountain and headed to Gettysburg, got checked into our room, and had dinner at O’Rorke’s. We then drove around the Little Round Top section of the battlefield. We have some friends coming down from Allentown to tromp the field with us tomorrow. They have never been to Gettysburg, and we are trying to determine where to take them in the few short hours we will have together. The Visitor Center is a must, and the Confederate and Federal positions in regard to the Pickett-Pettigrew-Trimble charge. Probably Little Round Top, and the 26th NCT’s position on Day 1. That’s probably all we’ll have time for.

Well, I think I’m off to bed. I am going to try and get over to Culp’s Hill early in the morning, before our friends arrive.

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