The day had gotten warmer by the hour and by the afternoon when we began the trek across the killing fields of Pickett’s Charge it was hot.

I had seen the movie Gettysburg and was really impressed with the way the scenes captured the Confederate Lines being hit with Union Artillery fire.

The courage of those Confederate Soldiers to keep advancing while the Union Artillery firePickett's Charge art was tearing holes in their lines really got to me.  I kept picturing men being blown to bits and the regimental lines just closing up and continuing to march toward the enemy.  Their bravery under fire on this field was such a humbling experience that I finally just starting tearing up and let out a few sobs. Nancy was behind me as we zigzagged our way across the fields following dirt lanes leading toward the Emmitsburg Road.  She heard me but didn’t say anything. She let me show my gratitude to these brave men during that horrendous day.



About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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