SACRED GROUND: Part 7
We made it the Emmitsburg Road, which is a well-traveled road today. We crossed the road and walked along the side until we came to the area in front of “The Angle”, which was where Armistead’s Brigade temporarily broke the Union Line.
I asked Nancy if she would take pictures of me pointing to “The Angle” while we approached that key point in the Union Line. She made 9 pictures of me progressing toward the Union Lines. Then she made 2 pictures of me as I approached a small monument about 75 yards behind the Union Lines. The monument reads:
Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead CSA
July 3, 1963
This monument was supposedly to mark both General Armistead’s fatal wounding and the extent of the Confederate breakthrough.
I placed the small Confederate Battle Flag that I had purchased earlier in Gettysburg in front of the monument despite a nasty look that I got from one tourist that saw us plant the flag. Nancy took a picture of me kneeling down touching the flag and I took one of her kneeling and touching the flag.
This was our tribute to the valor, duty, honor and courage of our troops.
I wanted them to know we valued their heroism even today. I wanted to feel a bond with them that stretched over the decades.
Afterward Nancy and I walked the Union Line looking at the historical markers describing the Union Units that had held the line that fateful day. We walked over to the monument called High Water Mark that listed the Confederate Units and Union Units engaged during Pickett’s Charge.
We then walked back to the Virginia Monument and drove to Waynesboro.