Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Retracing Pickett's Charge

During the final week of my internship, I had the opportunity to join the 37th North Carolina/9th Texas Infantry in their march across the fields of Pickett's Charge. There must have been over one hundred gray-clad troops. It was extremely cool to traverse that field in a group this size. We began our procession from the North Carolina Monument after getting a wet plate photo done of the group. The ever entertaining and knowledgable Battlefild Guide Charlie Fennell led us on the march, giving us an excellent tour along the way. Once we approached the stonewall, they lowered their rifles to the "charge bayonets" stance and advanced towards hundreds of tourists who dashed out of their cars to snap photos. It was an excellent event. Thanks to the members of the 9th Texas for allowing me to attend!

Meet Tyler, one of the young and brave color bearers of the regiment.

Taking a break at the halfway point of the march. The Round Tops are in the far background.

Rebel water....

Unfurling the colors...

Tyler and I pose at the Abraham Bryan Farm. Good times!

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