I have had a deep interest in the Battle of Gettysburg ever since I first visited the battlefield almost 50 years ago, during a break from summer ROTC camp training at Indiantown gap,guns of the Union army, I have had a deep curiosity in the battle.
. Since that
day when I walked about the battlefield and stood at the “High Water Mark ofthe Confederacy” looking across huge field that Confederate General Pickett’s charged,
directly into the Pennsylvania
Chamberlain: [quoting Hamlet] “What a piece of work is man, in form and movement how express and admirable. In action how like an angel”.
Sergeant Kilrain: Well, if he's an angel, all right then. But he damn well must be a killer angel.
The Killer Angels was the basis for the superb 1993 film,
that I once watched each July until my DVDs disappeared during my move to this
The June 30th confrontation between Buford’s cavalry, reinforced by Union 1st and 11th Corps of infantry, and the Confederate corps of generals A.P. Hill and Richard Ewell ended with the Confederates pushing the Union out of the town of
However, the Union set up a defensive line on a fishhook-shaped range of hills
and ridges south of Gettysburg —the
high ground—setting the stage for the second day of battle, about which I shall
comment on Tuesday, July 2nd. Gettysburg
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