MC2 Goes to Gettysburg – Day 3

I apologize for the tardiness of this post as when we returned from the field we ate and played cards until bed time.  Here it is!

We woke up to a familiar temperature and smell in the air.  Snow was a’comin.  Surely enough it snowed most of the day with accumulation on the ground but none on the road.

We began with an early visit to Culp’s Hill.  We started with some pictures of Spangler’s Spring.  This spring was visited by thirsty Confederate and Union soldiers.

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We then drove up Culp’s Hill and viewed both the Maryland Union and Confederate Regiments.  As we continued uphill we stopped at the regimental monument for the 137th New York.  It was at this spot on the evening of July 2nd that Colonel David Ireland and his men repulsed a Confederate attack from three sides under cover of night.

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We drove slightly up the hill and got out to find a famous rock that was featured in an illustrating done of the fighting on Culp’s Hill.  Here is a photo of the group investigating the rock.

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We drove up to the Observation Tower on Culp’s Hill and observed the scenery on Benner’s Hill, Cemetery and Seminary Ridges, Oak Ridge, and Big Round Top.

On our way back to the hotel for breakfast we stopped by the Jennie Wade House to pay respect to the only civilian casualty of the battle.  Miss Wade was baking bread for Union troops when a sharpshooters bullet penetrated the door and struck her in the back.  The bullet hole on the door is still evident to this day.

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After breakfast we had an excellent opportunity to have a question and answer session with General Robert E. Lee himself!  Students asked a variety of excellent questions and enjoyed it thoroughly.  The museum itself featured an array of weaponry and historical pieces that General Lee used during the battle.

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After our conversation with General Lee we headed into town to do some shopping.

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After shopping and lunch we visited Pickett’s Charge.  The snow offered a very different perspective from what the Confederates would have experienced on July 3, 1863 (high 80s and high humidity).

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Colin and Shaun visit the High Water Mark of the Confederacy at the copse of trees (although some say the 11th Mississippi went the furthest!).

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CJ discussed the different between a Light Artillery Battery and a Heavy Artillery Battery.

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After our time visiting Pickett’s Charge Colin planted a New Hampshire flag at the New Hampshire Sharpshooters monument.  The NH Sharpshooters were in support of the Union line repulsing Pickett’s Charge.

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We our focus on the military aspect of the battle completed we shifted our minds to remembering the fallen.  We began by visiting Evergreen Cemetery (which existed during the battle).  While visiting we visited two graves and stumbled on a third historic grave.

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We paid our respects at the Women’s monument to honor those that helped feed, host, or nurse the wounded.  If you look closely there is a shovel featured in this monument.  This serves as a reminder of the tremendous amount of cleanup that was required after this three day battle.

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We paid respects to Mr. John Burns and his wife (see Day 1 section for more information)

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We paid respect to Miss Jennie Wade.

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On our way out of the Cemetery we viewed the grave of Mr. James Gettys (the proprietor of Gettysburg!)

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After our walk through Evergreen Cemetery we visited the National Cemetery to pay our respects to the fallen.

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President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (the smaller font)

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

Alisha plants a New Hampshire flag at the 1st NH Light Artillery monument located inside the cemetery.

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But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.

Jake plants a New Hampshire flag at the stone marking the 49 New Hampshire bodies of those who fell at Gettysburg.

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The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain

A row of unknown soldiers from the great state of New Hampshire

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that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Alisha at the Lincoln Monument inside the cemetery which celebrates the address he gave there on November 19th, 1863.

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President Lincoln stares at Shaun

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Shaun stands at the National Soldiers and Sailors monument which was built supposedly where the platform was that Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

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Kimberlee found Sergeant Humiston’s grave in the New York section (See Day 1 for more info).  President Nixon and General Patton both have relatives buried at the cemetery.

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After we finished paying our respects at the cemetery we headed towards the square so Alexia could fulfill her trip long goal of getting a photograph with President Lincoln.

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We were supposed to go have a fancy supper but due to the time of the year (so cold and some restaurants weren’t open) and folks not feeling well we decided to get some pizzas as a group and play cards.  Jake was the official first champion of the Gettysburg Garbage (the name of the card game!) tournament.

The next morning Jay and I woke up to head to the Pennsylvania monument for one last farewell.

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So long Gettysburg.  Until next time, and there will be a next time.

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On our way home we saw the NYC city skyline (a first for some students).  Look at the size of that new World Trade Center!

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MC2 Goes to Gettysburg – Day 2

With a focus on Day 1 of the battle, students were up before dawn to take a ride to the 26th North Carolina and take the trail down to Willoughby Run.  This was an area of the battlefield that was heavily contested and saw both the Union and Confederates advance through the body of the water.

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As the sun began to come up over the battlefield students climbed the observation tower on Seminary Ridge to get acquainted with the battlefield geography.

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(Shaun, Jake, Colin)

After a delightful breakfast we visited the site of the first day’s fight beginning with a visit to the monument of General Buford.  Students were able to see ordinance #433, the artillery piece that shot the first cannon ball of the battle.

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After discussing the role of Buford’s cavalry we took a walk through Herbst Woods (at the site of General Reynold’s death).  This permitted us to discuss the role of the 1st Corps (especially the Iron Brigade).

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We discussed the Iron Brigade (specifically the 24th Michigan and their fight against the 26th North Carolina).  We then moved north to pay our respects to John Burns statue the old citizen hero of Gettysburg.  After using some Matthew Brady photographs to analyze the fighting outside of the woods we visited the McPherson Barn which served as a field hospital during the battle.

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CJ (a veteran medic) explains Civil War era medicine and techniques for helping wounded soldiers outside of the McPherson barn.

A drive north took us the site of the 6th Wisconsin charge towards the unfinished railroad.  We then rode north towards Oak Ridge and visited the Eternal Peace Monument.

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A sneaky picture catching Colin (our chief photographer) taking a picture of the Eternal Peace Monument.

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Alexia and Shaun visit the President Lincoln quote on the Eternal Peace Monument (the weather was clear all day but brutally cold!!!)

We then drove to visit Sallie the Dog (a regimental puppy of the 11th Pennsylvania Regiment.  Special recognition to Jake and Colin for fixing the makeshift fencing that had been blown down by the wind!

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We then drove down to Dilger’s Ohio Battery and Barlow’s Knoll.  We discussed the 11th Corps and their arrival to the field.  We also had a conversation about the role of immigrants during the Civil War.  As we followed the 11th’s retreat we visited the site where Sergeant Amos Humiston was killed and found looking at a photograph of his children.  We then visited the mural on Coster Avenue depicting his regiment’s struggle.

Students were extremely excited to have lunch at Ernie’s Lunch which offers a good meal at a very good price!

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With our stomachs warm we braved back out into the cold and spoke of General Lee’s plan for the second day of the battle.  We started our work on Cemetery Ridge and visited Father Corby’s monument.  Shaun was wearing a Notre Dame sweatshirt so it was a natural photo opportunity!  (Note:  Father Corby became President at Notre Dame after the war).

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We shifted our conversation to Daniel Sickles and the 3rd Corps.  We followed the path of his decision to move his Corps forward to the Emmitsburg Road. We began at the Peach Orchard and paid our respects to the 2nd New Hampshire.  Charlotte planted a New Hampshire flag at the base of the monument.

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After we visited the 12th New Hampshire who was located at Klingel Farm.  Jay the Director of Student Success was the honorary flag planter.

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We then visited Trostle Barn the site of Sickles wounding and discussed his history a bit.

After finishing our work around the 3rd Corps specifically we shifted to the Wheatfield to focus on the man our learning studio was based on, Colonel Edward Cross (from Lancaster, NH).

With the help of Shaun, we discussed the movements of Cross and his brigade and eventually arrived at the 5th New Hampshire monument to pay our respects to the spot where Colonel Cross sustained his mortal wound.  Shaun was the flag planter at the 5th NH Monument.

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“Give em’ the war whoop” learning studio at the 5th New Hampshire monument!!! We made it! We are so grateful for everyone that supported our trip.  Thank you!

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We did the next piece sort of backwards and actually started by visiting Little Round Top first.  Much to our surprise and despite numerous coach buses, the site of the 20th Maine and their famous charge was vacant!  Needless to say we took the opportunity to spend some time reviewing the situation of the 20th Maine and discussing the very difficult condition of Colonel Oates and his 15th Alabama men.  We have new fans of Chamberlain’s Charge now!

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We then moved down to the Slaugther Pen and Devil’s Den where we completed our learning for the day.  The students were quite impressed by the size of those rocks!

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Shaun at the site of the famous Sharpshooter photograph at Devil’s Den.

After Devil’s Den we decided we should probably eat again because eating is indeed good!  We treated ourselves at Sweeney Tavern.

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Okay I have to go, the Bruins just tied up the game!!!!

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MC2 Goes to Gettysburg Day 1

After a 5 am depart time and a few stops (one in Scranton, PA to see the Italian side of Eddie’s family), MC2 successful arrived at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Shaun at the historic Cyclorama.

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After the Visitors Center we went to the hotel located at historic General Lee’s Headquarters (more info about the Headquarters tomorrow).  Here is the view from the hotel of the 1st day portion of the battlefield.  The woods to the left of the sign is where Union General John Reynolds was killed on July 1, 1863.

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After checking into the hotel we visited the Cashtown Inn in Cashtown, PA.  The Cashtown Inn is famous for the Confederate Army stopping on their way as they advanced to Gettysburg.

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The Cashtown Inn is also famous for a picture taken that supposedly has a ghost of a Confederate soldier (to the left of the man in the photo).  What do you think?

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We then followed the advance of the Confederate Army (specifically Heth’s Division) towards Gettysburg.  After a shoddy parking job by Eddie on Knoxlyn Road students visited the site that Marcellus Jones of the 8th Illinois lifted his carbine on a fence post and took the first shot of the battle at General Heth’s advancing division.

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As the sun set over the battlefield the group went to eat supper at the wonderful Dobbins House.  Built in 1776 conversation ranged from its role during the Revolution, to its role as a house on the Underground Railroad and lastly its role during the battle where it served as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers.

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Overall it has been a very pleasant first day despite some chilly temperatures!

Goodnight!

Gettysburg Itinerary

Gettysburg Itinerary for students visiting March 23rd to March 26th from MC2 Charter School in Manchester, NH.

Gettysburg Itinerary (NOTE: Subject to Change)
3/23/14 – 3/26/14

Sunday March 23, 2014

2:30 – Arrive Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center

5:00 – Depart Gettysburg N.M.P Visitor Center for Hotel

5:15 – Check in at Hotel

6:00 – 7:00 – Joyride up the Chambersburg Pike (Cashtown Inn, First Shot)

7:00 – 8:30 – Supper at Dobbins House (potentially be earlier in evening)

8:45 – Goodnight!

Monday March 24th, 2014

Off the Beaten Path Tour

6:00 – Willoughby Run Tour – Walk down by 26th NC Monument and do map reading

6:40 – Depart Willoughby Run for Sunrise on Seminary Ridge Observation Tower
7:10 – Return to hotel
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Breakfast
7:30 – Breakfast at Hotel
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Plan for July 1, 1863

8:15 – Depart for Lutheran Seminary Discussion (note: or Cashtown Inn/First Shot if needed)

Depart Seminary (or First Shot) for McPherson’s Ridge (Buford’s monument)
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McPherson’s Ridge

EQ – Did General Buford select good ground?

Depart McPherson’s Ridge for Railroad Cut

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Railroad Cut

6th Wisconsin and Rufus Dawes (Gettysburg History Channel)

Depart McPherson’s Ridge for Oak Ridge
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Oak Ridge

EQ – Should civilians be repaid for damages caused by war?

Depart for Barlow’s Knoll

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Barlow’s Knoll

EQ: Do/Does immigrants/immigration positively or negatively impact our military?

Depart for Stratton St (Besides the Fire Station)

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Amos Humiston and Coster Avenue Mural

EQ: How did news/photography impact society during the Civil War?

Depart for Lunch at Ernie’s Lunch – 58 Chambersburg St Gettysburg PA

Lunch – Ernie’s Lunch (Note: Cash only!!!!)

Depart Ernie’s Lunch for Downtown/Shopping
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Downtown/Lincoln/Shopping

Lincoln arrives at Gettysburg

Depart Downtown for Sunset Parlor Ice Cream
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Sunset Parlor Ice Cream/Plan for July 2nd

EQ: Was Lee’s language to take the high ground if “practicable” too vague?

Depart Sunset Parlor Ice Cream for position of the 3rd Corps then go to Peach Orchard
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Position of the 3rd Corps/Peach Orchard

EQ: Did General Sickles save the Union Army at Gettysburg?

Depart Peach Orchard for Union Line (position of 2nd Corps)
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Position of 3nd Corps/Wheatfield/Rose Woods/Jacob Weikert Home

EQ: What role did spiritualism/faith play in the Civil War?

Depart Union Line for Jacob Weikert Home
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Jacob Weikert Home

EQ: How did civilians play a role in the Battle of Gettysburg?

Depart Jacob Weikert Home for Wheatfield

EQ: Did the 5th NH effectively repulse the Confederate advance?

Depart Wheatfield for drive through Rose Woods (potentially investigate) to Devil’s Den
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Devil’s Den/Little Round Top/Big Round Top/Slaughter Pen/Valley of Death/Triangular Field

EQ: If Chamberlain’s Charge fails, does the Union lose the battle? The war?

6:30 – Depart for Supper at Sweeney Tavern

7:30 – Bruins vs. Canadiens at Hotel

Tuesday March 25th, 2014

Off the Beaten Path Tour

6:00 – Culp’s Hill Investigation/Photography Session

7:30 – Depart for Hotel

7:45 – Breakfast at Hotel

8:15 – Depart for Spangler’s Spring
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Spangler’s Spring/Charge of 2nd Massachusetts

EQ – How did food and nutrition play its part in the Battle of Gettysburg?

Depart Spangler’s Spring for Maryland Regiments
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Maryland Regiments

EQ: How do you put relationships aside to stand by what you believe in?

Depart Maryland Regiments for 137th New York Regiment
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137th New York and Colonel Ireland

EQ: Why doesn’t anyone know Colonel Ireland?

Depart Culp’s Hill Tower for Hotel
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10:00 Meeting with General Lee and tour of Headquarters

Depart General Lee’s Headquarters for Jennie Wade House
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Jennie Wade House

EQ – Should citizens have the American flag at their grave for actions that helped the military?

Depart Jennie Wade house for Lunch (You guys pick!)
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Lunch!!! (You Pick)

Depart Lunch for Virginia Monument
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Virginia Monument

EQ – Why would soldier’s make these charges?

2:00 – Live Webcam Photograph at Codori Barn

Depart Virginia Monument for Longstreet Monument
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Longstreet Monument

EQ – Was Longstreet correct at Gettysburg?

Depart Longstreet Monument for Observation Tower on Seminary Ridge
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Observation Tower

Depart Seminary Ridge for Leister Farm (Meade’s Headquarters)
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Meade’s Headquarters

EQ – Did the Confederate artillery bombardment work properly?

Depart Meade’s Headquarters for Gettysburg National Cemetery
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Gettysburg National Cemetery

EQ – How do we keep President Lincoln’s message going?

Depart Gettysburg National Cemetery to Supper at Fairfield Inn
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Supper at Fairfield Inn

Depart Fairfield Inn for Sach’s Bridge
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Sach’s Bridge

EQ – Should Meade have pursued Lee?

Depart Sach’s Bridge for Hotel

Wednesday March 26th, 2014

6:00 am – Breakfast

7:00 – Depart hotel for East Cavalry Field

7:30 – Depart East Cavalry Field for NEW HAMPSHA’!!!!