|Cyclorama - rocks, grass and wheel tracks in the front are not part of the painting|
Your ticket covers a 30 minute film entitled "A New Birth to Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman and 15 minutes in the cyclorama. I liked the film but the cyclorama was more interesting because it was an oil on canvas painting. A painting that was 15 feet tall and 300-some feet long!!! It's in a round room at the top of the museum and there are actual cannons and fences and such in front of it. It's so lifelike as you walk around that it's hard to tell the difference between painting and the real artifacts. I only bought 1 book on Gettysburg and I was happy to see it included a large section on the painting.
|Cyclorma - wheel tracks and cannon are not part of the painting|
Next we went into the museum where there are 12 galleries covering before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. There was so much to read and artifacts to look at that about half way thru we realized we were never gonna finish in time and just started looking instead of reading. I hope to get back there sometime to read the rest of the exhibits...
|Reunion pose at monument dedication|
|Center bottom photo shows buildings behind the monument instead of the cornfield showing in the top left.|
The monument no longer has a fence and is surrounded by hotels and such.
|The framed flag was the regimental flag and it says '136th NY Vol Inft, Smith's Brigade.'|
Beyond the stone fence in the background is the National Cemetery.
|This is Sue who has been researching civil war vets from her town of Rush, NY. |
She is also a quilter and liked the hexie projects I worked on during some meetings. LOL.
|Descendants of the 136th.|
Mom & I are on the left
|Everyone that attended the ceremonies|
After the ceremony we walked across to the National Cemetery to place flags on the 15 or so graves of NY 136th who died in the battle. I thought the way the cemetery was laid out was fascinating.
|Same map from yesterday's post...|
#17 are burials from NY and #18 are PA
Each state is grouped together in a semicircle and the stones are flush with the sod. Looking up Cemetery Hill, you can't see the stones, only from above do they become visible. NY had the largest space in the cemetery , second would be Pennsylvania. If a state could be determined for an un-named soldier they were buried with their state. The third largest section of the cemetery (#22) is for un-named soldiers from unknown states.
|Descendants looking for graves for the 136th.|
|A penny was laid on this stone, Lincoln side up...|
After the playing of taps, the entire group traveled back to Devil's Den to replicate another one of the photos taken at a reunion shortly after the Battle. As a side note, I was impressed that other people in the cemetery paused and reflected during taps.
|Early reunion gathered at Devil's Den - supposedly at monument dedication in 1888.|
|Hard to tell, but I am holding the photo shown above that we descendants are trying to replicate|
Ok - I think that's enough pictures today. I should be able to finish up tomorrow...