150th Gettysburg Sojourn, part 20

We march at the Route Step on the gravel road past the Bushey farm house again. Ms. Bushey is out on the porch again with some family members and we again shout our thanks for allowing us to reenact on her property.

We curve around onto a straight-away that proceeds for about 1/4 of a mile. On the left side of the gravel road is a post and rail fence. This gravel road and the fence will be Emmitsburg Road in the Pickett’s Charge scenario tomorrow afternoon. In the distance and to the right of the road is a line of piled rocks that runs for about 400 yards. This is to be the rock wall behind which the Union forces will fire at us tomorrow.

We march off to the right of the road and head straight up a hill toward our camp site. We cross a muddy ditch and continue up the hill. The hillside is covered in grass and will be a welcome relief from the hard dirt ground we have slept on the past two nights. After proceeding up the hill another 50 yards we stop, stack arms, and deposit our knapsacks where we will be bedding down for the night. It is a welcome relief to take off all our equipment. Randy’s blanket roll is on one side of me, and Joe’s is on the other side.

Monument to Gen. G.S. "Pap" Greene (USA) atop Culp's Hill

Monument to Gen. G.S. “Pap” Greene (USA) atop Culp’s Hill

It is getting late in the afternoon, and after we rest for about 20 minutes, we are told to ‘cooter up and get ready. About 30 yards above us are thick woods that continue to the top of the hill. We can’t see very far into the woods because it is dark in there. A small wall of rocks borders the beginning of the wood line. We hear a bugle call coming from the woods and realize that we are going to be fighting just before sundown. This is going to be the Culp’s Hill Scenario that we were originally slated to perform, but was rumored to be cancelled.

It wasn’t cancelled! We have been lulled into believing the fighting was over for today.

Our battalion forms up. Adrenaline is starting to flow. There is another battalion to our left, and they, too, have formed up.

Our colors are unfurled, and our four companies are in line to assault the Yanks!


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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