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Gettysburg 2016: After Action Reports

Discussion in 'The Civil War Traveler's Companion' started by Bee, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Bee

    Bee 1st Lieutenant

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    Hopefully this thread will survive to capture some of the comments/reflections for others to enjoy regarding our recent Gettysburg trip.
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    One of the things that I miss most from college life was the camaraderie - particularly the brinksmanship regarding who could quote Monty Python movies the most accurately. While I pined for solitude and a place of my own, the "be careful what you wish for" canard comes to bite hard. One cannot make one's self laugh very easily., which is why I actually mark the first laugh of the day in my notes.

    I am happy to report that there were too many laughs to register a first on this trip -- probably easier to note when I was silent:smile:

    There is nothing more hysterical than hearing a bloke from Oz growling out "the Devil to pay!!!" five times in a row -- each time more growly. @PeterT owned the day when it came to John Buford lines as delivered by Sam Elliot (sort of a caricature of a caricature) *geez: I am laughing right now* He was rehearsing for what was going to be a pilgrimage to the cupola at the end of the trip. It gets even better when you throw in @cash & @War Horse chiming in at different times with their own renditions. The best I could offer is "I am so very tired"....and so the volley goes back and forth until I cannot breathe at times. College revisited. Good days.

    Now, very special mention goes to @cash as he can do one of my most favourite monologues from the episode: Chiggy von Richthofen vs Hammerheads -- from a favourite sci fi show: Space: Above and Beyond. Start at minute 8:20. Absolutely priceless. Almost worth the cost of the trip. Almost :smile: Don't worry if you have no idea what I am talking about: no one else in my life does, either.

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    September to Remember 2017 - come join us on the new thread
     
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  3. PeterT

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    I will post more pictures of the weekend activities .... stay tuned!
     
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  5. Bee

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    @PeterT : You have been holding out on us????? Almost like that one last present that dad left in the back room after all of the others have been opened :smile:
     
  6. Northern Light

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    Oh how sad! I'll see if I have any others of you!
     
  7. PeterT

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    You are in several, so watch out!
     
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  8. Bee

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    Uh-oh. I hope you got my good side :smile:
     
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  9. PeterT

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    I'll do these in small groups of mostly the people! Phil Musketts tour firstly.
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  10. PeterT

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    Eric Wittenberg's Dan Sickles tour ......

    Views from the Longstreet Tower

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    Little Round Top and Big Round Top
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    Eric explains why Sickles original position was not a good one
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    @War Horse is deep in thought
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    I'm sure everyone is listening to Eric! I think @LoriAnn it was who mentioned that we appear to not be listening to him
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  11. LoriAnn

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    I really like this photo because various people are facing different ways. The visual cracked me up.
    I am certain you are all concentrating on the tour info. This is not a group that tunes out. :smile:

    Great photos, Peter!
     
  12. FarawayFriend

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    Thank you, @PeterT ! Seems Dirk is in a lot of them. He quite often makes a fun of posing in the background of other people's photos, but in this case he was genuinely interested.
    @sarladaise you are very welcome and I think if you download these here you will have plenty of good photos.
    It was a pleasure meeting you there and the two of you where the last ones we saw at Gettysburg, at Friendly's. I hope your further trip went well, we have thought of you quite often. I so hope we all might meet again!
     
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  13. PeterT

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    So now Picketts Charge with @E_just_E

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    Hi Andrea and Dirk! (There he is again :D)
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    @E_just_E standing on Garnett's Rock. Is that @sarladaise in the background?
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    Great pictures, @PeterT! Still looking back with a lot of fondness on that weekend-and forward to our next get-together, whenever and wherever that is!
     
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    Are you planning another Gettysburg pilgrimage for June 2017?
     
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    Thanks a lot @PeterT! You made my day...
    @FarawayFriend We also enjoyed meeting you and Dirk for breakfast at Friendly's! Yes, our trip went
    very well, except hurricane Matthew ruined our stay in Charleston! I also keep my fingers crossed that we
    might all meet again!
     
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    So, the last of the "people" photos. These come from the fabulous tour by @Eric Wittenberg of East Cavalry Field.

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    Eric with @James N.
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    Thanks again, @PeterT !!
    We did not attend this one, something I do regret now. But as we had to check out that day and the tour lasted longer than check-out time, we would have had to pack our stuff, have breakfast, pack the car, check out and be at the meeting point all until 8:30 . We felt that this was too early for us. But if I look at the group now, I wished we had sacrificed two hours of sleep to be with you all and listen to @Eric Wittenberg once more...
     
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    I love that it looks like @E_just_E is just staring at the side of the barn.
     
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    I was just doing that. Matter of fact I was looking at holes in the wood that looked like someone had punched out pine board knots to make it looks like bullet holes :wink:
     
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    Several of these look like those mannequin mob posts
     
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    I should add that I usually look at photos from a slightly odd perspective. Unless the photo is a very concentrated visual on something specific (a friend just posted a gorgeous shot of snowflakes on a tree branch), I will tend to notice something in the background, or like in the case of Peter's photo, I will take the entire shot in a totally different way than it was intended.

    That's why my daughter has me go through her 800+ photos after a day of shooting. She misses a lot because she concentrates on the original idea. I always find the dude accidentally posing in a lewd way in the background. :D I've saved her some aggravation!

    So if I comment on anyone's photo in a comical way, it's not a critique on your shot. It's my brain being silly. (And believe me, I hold my tongue quite a bit on here!)
     
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    I know exactly what you mean, Lori Ann! Sometimes I burst out laughing about things that leave other looking at me like I just lost my marbles. Weird sense of humour, I guess. My tongue is often bitten to shred, or I embarrass myself thoroughly!
     
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