Eric, Adam & I visited the
Gettysburg Diorama to see
the entire battlefield at
The recorded Diorama program highlights portions of the battlefield as the engagements unfold. The results of loss of commanders, poor communications, command errors, good decisions and delays are clearly seen as the program progresses.
The Battle of Gettysburg started west of town in the right corner.
Over three days, it would rage through the town & spread
across the farms & hills to the left of the photo.
The Civil War had been grinding on for two years. Virginia, the site of many battles, had been ravaged by the foraging of two armies, Confederate and Union.
Lee's Army's movement was detected and General George G. Meade, newly appointed commander of the Army of the Potomac, rushed troops northward to meet the Confederates. Among his orders from President Lincoln were to defeat Lee and his Army.
Troops are massing
The clump of trees on
Culp's Hill is where
Union troops rally
at the end of the
After hours of cannon fire,
across one mile of fields to
My few photos do not do this
amazing display justice.
Exhausted soldiers began to disengage. Confederate soldiers started to fall back. General Lee, and the Army of Northern Virginia, were denied victory in Gettysburg. General Meade and the Army of the Potomac was badly beaten up by the three days of fighting. The Union Army would follow Lee's Army, in heavy rains, south to Virginia in the following days and weeks.
Adam, Eric and I viewed the National Military Park's Electronic Map that showed the progress of the grueling battle during Adam's visit 23 years ago. He feels this Diorama, with trees, fence lines, stone walls, troops, horses, canons and caissons does a much better job of providing information on the fighting that occurred here.