So outside of this really fantastic shop selling battlefield relics, arms, swords, etc. There was a Union officer sitting on the bench. He looked pretty cool so I asked if I could take a picture of him. He posed for the shot and introduced himself as Gen. Reynolds, them went his merry way... (click for bigger)
But right next to the shop was an old stone building with a sign that says: (click for bigger)
I did a double-take and looked back at the reenactor but he was gone... duhn duhn.
But he really was a reenactor, not a ghost. I saw him walking around again later just right outside the... the... cemetery.
Man... you never know who's a reenactor or who's a ghost in this town ;D
Thanks for the post. Had a good time talking with the Civil war artillery guys camped beside us. Did not have time to watch their battle at Ft. Mac. But we shared food and drink both evenings we were there.
I need to get back to Gettysburg.. I loved it, but not enough time. My daughters civil war grandfather survived that battle and more. Had wrong info on him and need to go back and find battle sites of NY 105th.
I think they fought on the first day west and northwest of town. (which is what the reenactment I videotaped was supposed to be portraying). Let me know if you'r going to be in these parts next time
They said for the 150th anniversary of the battle next year, there are already 15,000 reenactors signed up. That will be a sight to behold especially if they will reenact Pickett's Charge. I'm not sure I want to be around that town though... it will be a madhouse with tourists and reenactors.
Hey Vic....Thanks for posting. Way back in the spring of 1970, my wife and I visited the Gettysburg Battlefield. We took it upon ourselves to "make" Picketts Charge. We actually walked from Seminary Ridge to Cemetery Hill. I cannot fathom how those guys went across that open ground with the lead flying, from "minnie balls" to cannister to solid shot, taking out whole ranks, and still maintain the pace. I betcha this kind of action would make even the most stalwart of Philippine Scouts flinch. I was a bit winded (being 38 years of age at the time), but I didn't have to risk being killed, i.e., my mind was at ease, so no pressure in that area. It did give me a very small glimmer of what those men faced. "They don't make 'em like that any more". As an aside, I had three Great Grandfathers and one Great Uncle who were in the Civil War, all on the Yankee side. The Great Uncle was with Sherman on his March Thru Georgia, the other three were involved in smaller campaigns in West Virginia and Missouri. Just thought I'd throw this tidbit in. I always enjoy your stuff and this Forum. Cheers.
Hey Vic...."Thru" would be more like it and doing this stuff wasn't on the "tour", but I was a heck of a lot younger. I cannot imagine those guys walking into that hail of lead. I gotta hand it to them. Making a breakneck charge would be tough enough, but moving up that slope, at a more gradual pace, with drums counting cadence much of the time is beyond comprehension. I have read that the fences broke up some of the cohesion of the advance, especially with the North Carolina troops on the Reb left. Tactics certainly have changed since those days. Napoleonic movements were about to change forever. By the time of San Juan Hill, the pace had been accelerated a great deal. Cheers.