Friday, July 07, 2006

Our Ever Changing Fields

The United States National Park Service continues their excellent work restoring the Gettysburg Battlefield to its original 1863 appearance. I have pictured here just a few recent examples.

Site of former Ford Dealership
Site of former Ford Dealership on Howard Avenue, Gettysburg, PA

Above you can see what remains of the former Ford Dealership on Howard Avenue as of July 1, 2006. Barlow's Knoll rests just out of site at the end of the long line of mouments.

Oak Hill and Ridge
Oak Hill looking down the Union lines on Oak Ridge.

In this view, unfortunately taken looking into the sun, you can see more of the extensive tree clearing that has transformed many views of this battlefield. Standing on the eastern slope of Oak Hill, you can now clearly see down the location of General Baxter's Union Brigade on Oak Ridge (along the line of monuments in the distant center).

I owe a debt of thanks to a good friend for giving me a guided tour of the changes.



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Anonymous GettysBLOG said...

Isn't that Big Round Top in the distance just to the right of the left hand tree?

Never used to be able to see it from there.

Friday, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Randy said...

I believe it is. I tried to include it in the picture. Gives you an idea of the sheer size of the battlefield and the enormity of the battle itself.

Friday, July 07, 2006  

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