Monument Monday, July 1, 2019

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Since today is July 1 and of course the anniversary of the great battle, I thought it would be appropriate to look at the statuary and monuments on the Chambersburg Pike where it crosses McPherson's Ridge where it all began. Above are the statues depicting Brig. Gen. John Buford and Maj. Gen. John Reynolds photographed in April, 2018 during my marathon tour with @1863surgeon and his son Bradley.

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Buford's easily lends itself to various viewpoints.
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Here are a couple of earlier photos, the one above taken in 1994 and the one below taken another thirty years before that in July, 1961.
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Below, an edited version of a Buford photograph taken on a dark, gloomy morning:
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Bradley Garnett also took all the photos here in this post; above is his closeup of the Reynolds equestrian statue.

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Of course there are other monuments here as well like the one above for Calef's Battery of horse artillery that was attached to Buford's cavalry division and which went into action here astride the Chambersburg Pike. Below are additional detail views of the Buford statue and the plaque on the 3' ordnance rifle at its base which fired the first cannon shot of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Since we've moved away from the Chambersburg Pike, here are several monuments commemorating Union First Corps units that fought on northern Seminary Ridge against the attacks of Rodes' Division later in the day. Below, that of the 107th Pennsylvania looking out over the area that became known as Iverson's Pits:

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Above, the 94th New York of Robinson's Division, just across the street from the Doubleday Inn where we stayed.

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Above, the brigade marker for Gabriel Paul's brigade; Paul was seriously wounded near here by a bullet in the head which destroyed both of his eyes. This is also the location of the unique monument to the regimental mascot Sallie of the 11th Pennsylvania below:

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Great pics!

There’s usually a bird on the head of the soldier on the 14th Brooklyn monument, although it’s usually a red winged blackbird!
I love mockingbirds and they are all over the battlefield . If we have them in Michigan they must be fairly rare . Birds can also do a lot of damage . The 73rd NY needed a lot of cleaning on one of my trips. I'm sure the droppings must be corrosive .

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