Friday, June 14, 2013

Battle Anniversary Advisory

Coming soon to Gettysburg is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle.  Indeed, some events are already underway.  We have one reference that folks can’t go wrong in exploring and connecting with during the actual anniversary dates:

 
Try to catch one of the Ranger Walks.   If you can’t and you are a Pennsylvania resident, you can catch the videos of their walks from this year and past years on PCN, the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

An advisory:
Over 200,000 visitors are expected for the Anniversary of the Battle.  And the following week is Bike Week, where the area is invaded by the world’s largest unorganized motorcycle gang, perhaps as many as 20,000 strong.

All roads are open and construction is at a minimum.   Some traffic pattersn may have changed since your last visit so be careful.  You will have plenty of time to watch for traffic signs at the rate the traffic is moving!  8-) 

If the 135th Anniversary is anything to use as a gauge,  there will be problems, but the local authorities will be better prepared for this year’s commemoration.  However, there is nothing that can be done to improve the traffic flow, or lack thereof on the roads, especially in the Park.   Be prepared for long waits in traffic, slow traffic, tough luck on parking, long lines at rest facilities, and at local eateries.  Make sure you wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and a hat, and you are prepared with sunscreen and insect repellent.  Be aware that the Gettysburg Battlefield is also the home of a rich assortment of wildlife, and they will be very upset as so many humans invade their habitat.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your visit, and remember why you are there.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The return of the 121st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment


The 121st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment was raised in September of 1862, probably in response to the Confederate’s Maryland campaign.  Consisting mainly of Philadelphia men, it also included troops from Venango County.  At Gettysburg, the 121st was in Colonel Chapman Biddle’s 1st Brigade, in Brigadier General Thomas Rowley’s Third Division of the First Corps, Army of the Potomac.  On the march of July 1st, following Willoughby Run north to the Fairfield Road [then called Hagerstown Road] they entered the field turning east from the stream to take up position on Middle Ridge, just west of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, connecting their right with the left of the rest of the First Brigade.  The 121st was then the left flank of the First Corps. 

Several years ago while taking a walk on a nice summer afternoon, we witnessed the return of the 121st Pennsylvania as they were advancing west to crest Middle Ridge on their way into Herbst’s Woods, and their assault on Herr’s Ridge. 

You can clearly see their line of battle, with the skirmishers in front and the officers color guard in front of the regiment.  Note the right flank marker of the 121st in the foreground.


 Here is their skirmish line advancing up the west slope of Middle Ridge:



 Here the Skirmishers near the crest of Middle Ridge:



 The 121st Pennsylvania Regimental Line of Battle:



Who says there are no ghosts at Gettysburg!?

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