Something peaceful about Gettysburg

Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!
Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!

1867crete

Corporal
Joined
Feb 25, 2017
Messages
414
Beautiful photos thanks! I am curious what the veterans of these battles felt and thought when they returned to these battlefields. I’m sure they saw such picturesque views that we all see now. But would these current views blocked out the horrors they saw on these fields?
 

mofederal

Captain
Joined
Jun 27, 2017
Messages
6,709
Location
Southeast Missouri
It would be hard to unsee things in your mind that you have actually seen. I can't do it myself, and I don't think that they could either. The smell of death, the colors, the sounds of fire and explosions, screams and cries, yelling, screaming cries of dying horses and the movements of men in a hurry; sights of people who were no longer what they were, the pieces of flesh, the dead eyes gone cloudy and glassy in death. A profound sense of real loss seen in the empty formations and the deep withering sadness. Not something you forget ever. How can you. I am sure the nightmares never left their minds. How could it ever. I know some found ways to forget the horrors. I think they remembered the funny moments, camp life the good times, much as veterans of later wars. PTSD some idea that people did not conceive of, was probably a real thing that affected them. Some probably did forget. But did they ever lose the terrible feeling of sudden loss and the infinite sadness. Some people can, others cannot. I do believe that these men felt obligated to go to the reunions Most joined the GAR, others UCV. I think they felt it was their duty. to us of a later generation, it is a peaceful place and it is a place of beauty. To them it must have been quieter, a silence they had never known there before. It was green, no blood, and a time to erect monuments to men who never had a tomorrow and themselves. Something they had earned with blood. I see it as a place of peace and beauty, love, hate, and a great sense of sadness and loss. I try to think of the patriotism, the love they had for one another, the sense of comradeship, the incredible things they did there for whatever reason they justified in their minds. It is many things to everyone, but to me it is a complicated place, that evokes strong emotions every time I have ever been there.
 
Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!

gad195

Cadet
Joined
Nov 12, 2017
Messages
7
Location
amherst ny
several years ago took the horse back tour through it. different perspective then the car tour. made you really realize the hell the soldiers on both sides went through when crossing the fields and looking up those hills. Pickets charge was more like a walk of nearly a mile. probably took them 15 minutes to cover the distance, being in the open and under fire maybe longer.
 

photoman475

Sergeant
Joined
Nov 13, 2015
Messages
556
Location
Fargo, ND
I like these photos-simple but they convey a lot of meaning. I can't find them necessarily peaceful; I've read too much about Gettysburg to not see the fighting as I look at these and other images of the battlefield.
 
Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!

Twlunt

Private
Joined
Nov 6, 2017
Messages
154
@christian soldier thsnk you. I really enjoyed photographing the field.
@photoman475 - I hear what you’re saying. You have a very valid point. Every time I’m there I feel peaceful. Same way I feel walking through a cemetery. Especially that day. It was a quiet day on the battlefield so I was alone in my thoughts. Spiritual.
 

Deleted User CS

Retired User
Joined
Mar 18, 2015
Messages
2,718
@christian soldier thsnk you. I really enjoyed photographing the field.
@photoman475 - I hear what you’re saying. You have a very valid point. Every time I’m there I feel peaceful. Same way I feel walking through a cemetery. Especially that day. It was a quiet day on the battlefield so I was alone in my thoughts. Spiritual.
Did you ever think about doing a civil war calendar with your beautiful pictures ? David.
 
Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!
Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!
JOIN NOW: REGISTER HERE!
Top