SACRED GROUND: Part 2
I had never been east to the big battlefields in Virginia, or to Gettysburg or Antietam/Sharpsburg, MD. I was like a kid again.
On Saturday May 21, 1994, Nancy and I left Little Rock on an early, early morning flight, arrived in Baltimore about 11:30 AM EST, rented a car and drove to Gettysburg, PA. We stopped for a bite to eat along the way and got to the Battlefield about 1:30PM.
There was so much to see I didn’t know where to start so we went to the visitor’s center to get an idea of the layout of the battlefield. We attended the old presentation of the battle that was on a huge board in the middle of a small auditorium that seated about 150 people in a 360 degree circle. The narration of the sequence of the battle was very good and the board had lights that would flash to show the areas of the original battlefield being described.
Afterward we attended the Cyclorama. This building housed a 360 degree painting of the battle mounted on a round wall. It was awesome. I tried to take in the numerous little engagements that made up the overall battle. It brought home to me that the participants never really understood the magnitude of the battle taking place. They were just interested in the small area of combat in which they were engaged. There were pictured many small fights having 20 to 30 men on one side shooting at 20 to 30 men on the other sided.
When leaving the Cyclorama, there were a few exhibits behind glass cases in the building foyer. One exhibit contained a muster book for the 19th Virginia, which was part of Garnett’s Brigade of Pickett’s Division. I saw the name Wood on one of the pages to which the book was open. This person was an ancestor of my boss back in Arkansas. (I told him about it when we got back home.)
I could have stayed there all day, but we had to move on.
We loaded up and headed to Confederate Avenue.