Iverson's North Carolina brigade advanced, shifting eastward, but their commander remained behind. Men from Stone's 143rd Pennsylvania along the Chambersburg Pike fired at them from an extremely long range, with little or no apparent effect. Baxter's right regiments prepared to receive Iverson by changing front and moving up behind a low stone wall on Oak Ridge that was hidden from view from the west by fields of timothy grass and wheat. O'Neal's front line was augmented by the 5th Alabama, but the 3rd Alabama was detached to join Daniel's advance at the right rear of Iverson. Maps show the situation at 2 p.m.
"We [5th Alabama] came up with the brigade … at a fence where it...
I visited West Point this weekend and took some photos. Hope someone finds them interesting.
Here are some from the cemetery.
Top photo from the left: Col. Benjamin Davis who lead the Harper's Ferry cavalry breakout, Alonzo Cushing, Judson Kilpatrick, Thomas Ruger and John Buford.
The second photo is the resting place of Egbert Ludovicus Viele. His Civil War career was relatively modest but his grave certainly isn't! His mausoleum is a pyramid guarded by a pair of sphinxes. Through the grate you can see the medieval looking sarcophagi of Viele and his wife. Viele had an electric buzzer installed in his tomb in case he was accidentally buried alive. He must have been an interesting...
The old neighbor that I help from time to time waves me over the other day.
She asks me to come over and help her get rid of "stuff"
This is what she had me get rid of. Sadly, much of this is a rusty icky batch of metal but some is nice.
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree; Rests a General named Robert E. Lee
On April 9, 1865 it became the most famous apple tree in the United States as Robert E. Lee rested in its shade while he awaited word on his request for surrender from Ulysses Grant. An officer prepared a nice place of rest for his general as he waited.
1. Who was the officer that prepared his place of rest?
2. What two things did the officer use to prepare a comfortable spot for General Lee?
3. True or False - Today there is a plaque on the trunk of that famous apple tree.
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The American Civil War, arguably the most traumatic event in the history of the United States, was fought from 1861 to 1865, and was the culmination of sectional issues which deeply divided the country between a pro-Federal government North and a pro-states rights, in the pro-slavery South, whose eleven states formed a breakaway government called the Confederate States of America. The costliest war in terms of human lives, the American Civil War claimed in excess of 620,000 battle or disease-related deaths - roughly two percent of the country's total population, and nearly more deaths than all other American wars combined.