When I was about eleven, and my brother was eight, our family watched the entirety of Ken Burns “The Civil War” on VHS in a week, in preparation for a trip from Allentown down to Gettysburg. I was familiar with the Civil War already, from school and just an interest in history over all. This was long before the film Gettysburg had been released, and I’d not read “The Killer Angels”. We visited Big and Little Round Top, and went up the various observation towers (including the private, Space Needle style one that has since been removed). When we reached the hottest point of the day dad brought us to the starting point of the Confederate forces during Pickett’s Charge. Dad pointed across the fields towards the Union lines, and said, that’s where we’re going. When we’d reached the effective range of rifle fire he told us that we had to run the rest of the way to the Copse of Trees. The photos below give you some idea of just how long the distance between the lines was.
To see these and other images from Gettysburg please visit my Gettysburg gallery on my website. http://joshua-house.artistwebsites.com/art/all/gettysburg/all