Saturday, June 29, 2013

Walking in the Footsteps of the Eleventh Corps

I arrived in Gettysburg this afternoon just in time to take part in a two-hour battlefield walk presented by park ranger Chris Gwinn. Gwinn walked about 70 of us up and down the 11th Corps line on July 1st, and explained its collapse. The tour was great, and Gwinn convincingly argued that the corps had a hopeless task on July 1st, and that many fought bravely, despite the reputation that they have acquired.

Town is busy - though many of the tourists today seemed to be out at the reenactment. So far - there have been plenty of quite spots to find on the battlefield. With a bit of daylight left I have found a spot near Father Corby and I intend to break open Coddington to read about the attack of Willard's brigade to conclude the day.

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