It was a dark and stormy morning . . . at Gettysburg’s National Cemetery. While that may seem appropriate for a cemetery, there’s also a strangely peaceful feeling. I captured these photos on what must have been one of the dreariest days of August 2013 :-) The first pic showcases the miniature cannon forever guarding the 5TH New York Independent Battery. This is my favorite monument in the National Cemetery and dates from 1888/89.
The second photo (top of page) is a close-up of Gen. John Fulton Reynolds’ portrait statue, raised in 1871. Though at first I wanted to have words with the ugly “whitish” sky, now I kind of like the effect; it really makes the general’s profile stand out. I really like the details in this particular statue. It always amazes me how much effort is put into making a bronze face look as realistic as possible. Photo #3 (above) isn’t quite so dreary . . . it shows a path through the Cemetery, providing a glimpse of a building I can’t name: Is it a restroom? A lodge? Whatever it is, it sure looked inviting, but unfortunately the sky was getting angry and having a clear shot to the car seemed more important :-)
CPL. FRANCIS P. HAMILTON
Co. H, 11TH Mississippi Infantry
Born 1840 --- July 05, 1863 at age 23
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