An extraordinary reenactment for the first day of the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Battle at Gettysburg. Over 13,000 reenactors are bringing history to life. On the 1,000 acre farms of Redding and Entwiastle families who generously share their land and contribute extensively for this event.
The first skirmish reenacted was mid-morning on July 4, 2013. Demonstrating the first encounter between the Union and the Confederates at Herrr’s Ridge, Willoughby Run, Mcpherson’s Ridge, and Seminary Ridge. The Confederate army, under General Henry Heath entered into Gettysburg in search of supplies and shoes.
Hearing that the Union army was near by, Heath believed it to be just a small group of Northerners. Instead it was the unmounted Union Cavalry under the command of General Buford. Holding the union at bay until General Reynolds could arrive with support, Buford’s men held the confederates back for several hours.
Positioning ourselves in the lower grandstand area, we were front and center for the majority of the battle. Beginning behind the Union line, the Confederates came on strong and well unified. Yelling and shouting, putting the fear in the Union soldiers, the men in blue seemed less organized. They held the line, only backing up a bit at a time.
Soldiers began to fall and the women and medical officers came behind to tend to the wounded. The battle continued for well over an hour with the Confederates prevailing for the day.
Well over 700 images were taken, and only 30 were removed due to focus issues. I remember the days when most of my images were out of focus. Using my Canon 5D Mark III with the 100-400mm L lens on a monopod and being front and center with all the action provided wonderful captures.
I’ve been able to through some of them, but have a very early start tomorrow morning to return to Gettysburg for Day two of the Reenactment. For today’s views of the Confederate Army in action, please visit my
Happy Fourth of July everyone!