Gen Armistad The AngleWe 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

                                             Fell Here

                                          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.

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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