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Gettysburg: 150th anniversary, June 2013.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for bearing with me on the brief hiatus of posts....

     I'd mentioned in a few previous posts that exactly a year ago at the end of June of 2013 I went to Gettysburg. This was the first Civil War-era overnight camping event that I attended. I had a great time! It was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

     I did get a chance to tour the battle fields, too. I was particularly struck by the scale of the battle, once I started picturing it, and by the sheer hopelessness of trying to assault Little Round Top. That hill is a natural fortress - and trying to march in Napoleonic lines of up the side of it was madness. Guerrilla warfare, maybe - but not battle lines.

     The landscapes were actually quite beautiful, in a strikingly rocky sort of a way. The battlefields came to life because a more seasoned reenactor, who was more familiar with how the battle lines had been drawn up, talked me through an understanding as we walked and drove…