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Gettysburg Photo Essay: The First Day

Posted By on July 14, 2013

Commemorating the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg through photographs. All were taken on the battlefield west of Gettysburg, in the area that saw much of the fighting on July 1, 1863. A storm on the western horizon gave the area a dark, foreboding feeling as thunder rumbling in the distance mingled with the sound of reenactor’s cannons on Seminary Ridge. The conditions on that day, with the storm coming and the masses of people will not soon be forgotten.

It was an amazing experience to be out there with so many other Civil War buffs, and others whose interest in the war is only developing. While many folks interesting in heading to Gettysburg this summer may fear the large crowds, it can be a great asset at times. People from all over the country and the world have descended on Gettysburg this week to commemorate the battle through many different forms. New friends and experiences are bound to be the result.

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2 Responses to “Gettysburg Photo Essay: The First Day”

  1. Bonnie Ccornish says:

    Thank you for posting photos – watching all on History Channel – envy your trip.

  2. George & Dorothy Barkos says:

    We are very impressed with the solemn ethereal quality of your photos. There was a powerful thunderstorm during our last visit to the battlefield. Having these conditions present during the first day must have added a very awesome impact on peoples’ emotions.. Congratulations on a very special photo essay and a job very well done with your blog – always look forward to reading it.

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