Gettysburg

(for those on a mobile device, the link to the video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2K7XwoB2U0)

Unless otherwise identified:

  • All video footage was taken by Maurice Barnes with Firefly Productions
  • All photography was taken by author of the The Civil War Project (this website)

Video details (the “markers” are in reference to the seconds/minutes in the video):

0:01 to 0:07 is a dedication; this first Video Spotlight originally was a personal keepsake gift from a friend (Maurice Barnes) after our trip to Gettysburg. I thought it was so well done that I wanted to share it, and he agreed as long as I left the dedication in. I greatly appreciate all of his support throughout the years!

0:08 to 0:17 is a video shot of the current U.S. flag taken at the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C., with a stock photo of the Confederate flag in the background, providing a neat merging the flags together in image.

0:18 to 0:27 is a video shot of a field near the large Pennsylvania monument on Hancock Avenue that marks the main Union spot on the 3rd day of battle

0:28 to 0:31 is the start of a letter addressed to “My dear wife.” It was written by Council A. Bryan, Captain of the Fifth Florida Infantry. He wrote it to his wife Cornelia while en route from Winchester, Virginia and further south into Virginia starting on July 22, 1863. It is a fascinating letter and I highly encourage you read it courtesy of Florida Memory.

0:32 to 0:37 were photos taken at the Gettysburg Visitor Center museum. The first shot is of Union soldiers, which then is merged with Confederate soldiers, all who fought in the battle.

0:38 to 0:44 is a Kentucky monument that is within the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Both Maurice & I are currently living in Kentucky, so that pays homage to our current home.

0:45 to 0:49 is a photograph taken somewhere on the “Day 1” battlefield; the shot was to represent contrast between the beautiful flowers and the deadly cannon

0:50 to 0:54 are still photos of the Cyclorama, located at the Gettysburg Visitors Center. For those who have never been there, the Cyclorama is a 360 “painting” that is almost 3-D in nature, and makes you feel like you are there on the battlefield. The painting reflects actions from all three days of battle, though the artist took liberties in adding or changing things for dramatic purposes.

0:55 to 0:56 is Confederate Brigadier General Lewis Armistead, shown here on the Cyclorama as he is being shot during Pickett’s Charge. It’s important to note two things: First, Armistead was not on a horse during the charge. Second, you will see almost “two” faces. This is because there was an original outline for the painting, but someone took the liberty of “coloring outside the lines.”

0:57 to 1:01 are more still photos of the Cyclorama

1:02 to 1:07 is the North Carolina monument, which stands along Seminary Ridge

1:08 to 1:13, from right to left, is Jack Skelly (87th PA Infantry), Jennie Wade (civilian who lived in Gettysburg) and Wesley Culp (2nd VA Infantry); all three were natives of Gettysburg and friends. Culp eventually moved to West Virginia and chose to fight for the South when the war started. Skelly was possibly Jennie’s fiance (historians debate this), who enlisted in the Union army. Culp ran into Skelly on June 15 at a Confederate hospital. Skelly was badly wounded and gave Wesley a note to give to Jennie. In a sad twist of fate, Jennie was the kitchen kneading dough the morning of July 3rd when a Confederate musket ball smashed through a door on the north side of the house, pierced another into the kitchen, and struck Jennie in the back beneath her left shoulder blade, killing her instantly. Culp would also die later that day when he was struck and killed near his uncle’s farm and the hill of his namesake (Culp’s Hill). Jennie was the only civilian killed during the battle, and she died before Culp could give her the letter. Skelly died from his wounds.

1:13 to 1:18 is McPherson’s barn, which became a refuge for the wounded and remained a hospital long after the battle ended. It was in the center of the fighting on Day 1.

1:19 to 1:21 is a field near the railroad cut on Reynold’s Avenue

1:22 to 1:26 are the “rocks” of Devil’s Den

1:27 to 1:30 is an old photo looking up at Little Round Top (courtesy of Library of Congress)

1:31 to 1:36 is a current photo of Little Round top looking down

1:37 to 1:42 is the 1st Minnesota Monument on Hancock Avenue, honoring their brave fighting during the late afternoon of day two. The Confederates made a surprise move towards that location, and to help hold the Union position 262 Minnesotans were ordered by Major General Winfield Scott Hancock to hold them back. They were outnumbered 5 to 1. In five minutes, 215 of the 262 became dead or wounded. Their 82% casualty rate stands to this day as the largest loss by any surviving U.S. military unit during a single day’s engagement. But they held the Union position, as those five minutes gave Hancock more time to bring in reinforcements. It was that “weakness” in the line that Lee saw, and what gave him the impression that if he struck the Union hard right there on day three, he would break their lines. Unfortunately for Lee, the Union leaders predicted that move and put most of their men in that spot; they were ready for Pickett’s charge the next day, which led to a crucial Union victory.

1:43 to 1:44 are two brothers from the 1st Minnesota, Patrick & Isacc Taylor; Issac was wounded in the day 2 charge. Patrick would bury his brother on the field later that night. (photo courtesy Gettysburg National Park Service)

1:45 to 1:48 is a painting of the 1st Minnesota charge on day two (courtesy of The National Guard)

1:49 to 1:55 are shots of the Virginia Memorial on West Confederate Avenue

1:56 to 2:01 is the “copse of trees”, which was the point Lee indicated as the visual target for Picket’s Charge. Nearby is the area considered to be the “high water mark” of the Union; the closest the Confederacy came to winning the war. They would never be as close again.

2:02 to 2:05 is a drawing of “The High Water Mark of the Confederacy” (stock photo, artist unknown)

2:06 to 2:09 is the “high water mark” area

2:10 to 2:12 is a monument of Union Major General John Reynolds, located within the Gettysburg Soldiers’ National Cemetery; he was shot shortly after entering the battlefield on the first day, and was the highest ranking officer killed during the battle

2:14 to 2:16 is a sketch titled “The Fall of Reynolds” (stock photo, artist unknown)

2:17 to 2:21 is the Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial, depicting a wounded Confederate Brigadier General Lewis Armistead being assisted by Union Army Captain Henry Bingham; both were Freemasons

2:22 to 2:28 is the area where the 20th Maine men fought on day two

2:29 to 2:44 are photos, in order: U.S. Major General Winfield Scott Hancock; C.S. Major General James Longstreet; C.S. Major General George Pickett; U.S. Major General Daniel Sickles; C.S. Major General J.E.B. Stuart; U.S. Major General John Buford; U.S. Major General & Commander of the Army of the Potomac George Meade (courtesy of Library of Congress)

2:45 to 2:47 is the top of the Virginia Memorial on West Confederate Avenue, which is a status of C.S. General Robert E. Lee on his horse Traveller

2:48 to 2:49 is C.S. General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. He is shown last because he is the Commander people most remember due to the significant loss.

2:50 to 2:57 is the South Carolina monument on West Confederate Avenue

2:58 to 3:02 is the Pennsylvania Memorial on Hancock Avenue; it is the largest memorial, which is fitting because it is the state in which the battle was fought

3:03 to 3:10 is the Tennessee monument on West Confederate Avenue

3:11 to 3:23 is the entrance on Baltimore Street to the Gettysburg Soldiers’ National Cemetery

3:24 to 3:31 is the Eternal Light Peace Memorial on Buford Avenue (there is a flame at the very top of the Memorial, not shown here)

3:32 to 3:37 are grave markers not from the Gettysburg battle, but from those who fought in WWII, located within the Gettysburg Soldiers’ National Cemetery

3:38 to 3:53 are shots within the Gettysburg Soldiers’ National Cemetery of markers for Union soldiers who died in the battle of Gettysburg (but whose names are unknown)

3:54 to 4:00 are more WWII grave markers at the Gettysburg Soldiers’ National Cemetery that are located behind the monument marking the nearby spot where President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg address (note that the unshown monument is not the actual spot where he gave the address)

4:01 to 4:04 is a monument for the 149th Pennsylvania, Company D, located on Chambersburg Road, who fought there in the evening of day one

4:05 to 4:07 is from Little Round Top, with a marker showing where the left flank of the 146th New York Infantry was positioned

4:08 to 4:25 is shot from Little Round Top around 7pm at night as the battlefield was about to close (this footage was shot in March 2014); the status is of U.S. Brigadier General Gouverneur K. Warren, who is often called the “Hero of Little Round Top” as he was the one responsible for arranging the last minute defense of that position. The quote is from President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (and the favorite part of the address for the creator of this video, Maurice Barnes).

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