Tag: Battle of Gettysburg

150 Years Ago Today

Guess how I’m going to spend my evening;

Yep, one of the best war movies ever made, period.

I assume that ever American here has toured the Gettysburg battlefield, a great day well spent.

About a year after Ken Burns’ magnum opus ( I assume everyone has seen that as well) I talked my wife into travelling back east for a civil tour battlefield tour, yeah, she was on board ( I knew she was a keeper). Manassas, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, all good stuff, and Gettysburg was the finale.

We all have our own Gettysburg heroes, mine was John Buford .

On June 30, Buford’s command rode into the small town of Gettysburg. Very soon, Buford realized that he was facing a superior force of rebels to his front and set about creating a defense against the Confederate advance. He was acutely aware of the importance of holding the tactically important high ground about Gettysburg and so he did, beginning one of the most iconic battles in American military history. His skillful defensive troop dispositions, coupled with the bravery and tenacity of his dismounted men, allowed the I Corps, under Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds, time to come up in support and thus maintain a Union foothold at tactically important positions. Despite Lee’s barrage attack of 140 cannons and a final infantry attack on the third day of the battle, the Union army won a strategic victory. The importance of Buford’s leadership and tactical foresight on July 1 cannot be overstated in its contribution to this victory.

I’ll leave you with this;