Day 1 – Mon 7/11 – Battle of Gettysburg

Day 1 – Mon 7/11

401.2 miles to Harrisonburg via¬†Gettysburg, the high water mark of the Confederacy. General Robert E. Lee’s defeat by General George Meade. 51,000 dead in a convincing demonstration of the 3:1 advantage of defense in modern warfare, a lesson lost on the generals of the First World War.

I was surprised at how little relief there was in the battleground. I had an image of steep slopes, but even the site of Pickett’s Charge was a gently sloping rise. Enough I suppose for the Union to get off a few more fusillades.

I climbed it!
I climbed the tower at Culp’s Hill for a complete view of the battlefield!
Confederate cannon fodder marched unprotected across open ground into the Union artillery
Confederate cannon fodder marched unprotected across open ground into the Union artillery

After the excellent visitor center and self guided auto tour off into a westering sky, through twisty country roads to the sound of the Memphis blues. I love Spotify.