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Gettysburg Redux

On June 15th 1863, confederate forces, commanded by Robert E. Lee,  crossed the Potomac River at Williamsport and headed into Pennsylvania. The Last Invasion had begun.

Signal flag in motion as re-enactors send messages during a battle reenactment near Gettysburg, Pa. 2012

Signal flag in motion as re-enactors send messages during a battle reenactment near Gettysburg, Pa. 2012

On the heals of their astounding victory at Chancellorsville in May, moral was high as the 70,000 strong rebel army moved through the keystone state and marveled at the beautiful countryside.  Pennsylvania’s small family farms were noticeably different then the large plantations of the confederacy.  After nearly two years of fighting in the south, the neat snake-rail fences dividing the country, the abundance of large dutch barns and fields ripe, an unmolested landscape, served as a stark contrast to war ravaged Virginia.  With abundant forage for the troops to acquire along their journey, spirits were high in the confederate army as the South brought the war North.

Confederate re-enactors form up during a battle reenactment in Elizabethtown, PA. 2012

Confederate re-enactors form up during a battle reenactment in Elizabethtown, PA. 2012

General Lee, ” marches knowing that a letter has been prepared by Jefferson Davis, a letter which offers peace.  It is to be placed on the desk of Abraham Lincoln the day after Lee has destroyed the Army of the Potomac somewhere north of Washington.” *  

Reeenactment at Gettysburg, PA. 2012

Reeenactment at Gettysburg, PA. 2012

In June of 1863 the country was at a crossroads.  A string of confederate victories and the continuing cost in blood had many in the north looking to end the war with a negotiated peace.  As word of the Confederate invasion reached Washington, President Lincoln appointed a new general, George Meade, to take the reins of the Union Army. General Meade would have just a couple of days to assume command before meeting the confederates at the crossroads town of Gettysburg, PA.

What takes place at Gettysburg in the coming days would turn out to be the apex of the Civil War and the three bloodiest days in American history.  July 1-3, 1863.

The Civil War 150 Pinhole Project will be in Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of this most seminal battle of the war.  Two major reenactments are being held in the vicinity of this small Pennsylvania town in June/July 2013.  Over 20,000 reenactors have registered for these sesquicentennial events and tens of thousands of spectators are expected.  Please check back to the blog as postings of the battlefield and reenactments will be added to the project in late July.

* Quote from, “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara

Reenactment at Gettysburg, PA. 2012

Reenactment at Gettysburg, PA. 2012

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. I was just in Gettysburg and they were really getting ready for the Anniversary. Michael, can’t wait to see your images…good luck!

    June 17, 2013
    • Michael,

      Excellent. Yes, I’ve been getting email blasts from the reenactment organizers. What they’re planning sounds incredible. I’ll be on the battlefield in the days just after the anniversary to avoid the crowds.

      June 17, 2013
  2. Tim Williams #

    Michael,
    I enjoyed running in to you after the second days battle at Gettysburg. After seeing you at Shiloh, Vicksburg and Fredericksburg I was glad to get to talk to you briefly. Thanks for the card and showing my son how the camera works. The images I am seeing on the website are absolutely beautiful. I look forward to seeing the pictures from Gettysburg and running in to you again in Chickamauga.
    Tim Williams

    July 7, 2013
    • Tim,
      Great seeing you at Gettysburg. Ill be posting the Gettysburg work in a couple weeks. Please check back and see you in Chickamauga!

      Mike Falco

      July 10, 2013

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