Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Gettysburg Tour, Oct 18, 2011

Today is an exciting day, at 10 am we are meeting Stuart Dempsey, our private guide, for a basic tour of the battlefield, PLUS a special tour of the the 73rd OVI, the unit my great grandfather, Jeremiah C. Woodyard fought with. 

Here Stuart is talking about the battle that occurred on July 1, 1863, the battle’s first day.


Here is how battle strategy looks when drawn in the sand and gravel.


Here he is describing the events from Little Round Top.


Now for the 73rd’s participation.  This photo was taken back when there was not a housing development in the area.   The area beyond the horse and wagon and the shed is the area where the 73rd’s fighting occurred.   IMG_2230

Here we are walking up to the ridge (stop sign) that would be the center of fighting on the 2nd, 3rd, and part of the 4th.  The fighting went back and forth for the occupation of this ridge.   What an awesome walk!



Stuart also gave us a Fall 2008 copy of the Blue & Gray magazine.  This publication contains a couple of articles he wrote about the 73rd’s action in Gettysburg.   I am so excited to really study those articles.

What a super tour!

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