Friday, June 11, 2010

Update

I wonder if anyone is still reading this poor neglected blog ha ha, but on the off chance that they are I will update it
We had a nice trip to Gettysburg this past weekend. I always enjoy being up there. It for some reason seems like home. We got into town about eleven which was to early to check into the motel so we went to the Lincoln Dinner for lunch. They have a great menu and are open 24 hours a day. You can have a burger and fries for about the same price as the fast food restaurants. We had no real plans for this trip so we just did a bit of this and that. One thing I had been wanting to do for a long time was take flowers to some of the memorials and graves of my favorite people from the battle. My first stop was to the grave of Jennie Wade




I have talked about Jennie Wade before but for anyone who doesnt know she was the only civilian to be killed during the battle of Gettysburg. She died while baking bread for the soldiers by a stray bullet.Her grave
includes an American flag that flies around the clock. (The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia is the only other site devoted to a woman to share this distinction of the perpetual flag)

My next stop was General John Reynolds. General Reynolds was the first General killed during the battle. His death came soon after the battle started and we always visit the memorial where he fell.


I was able to find red white and blue flowers and that seemed a good choice for him

Next I went out onto the battle field to the area know as the angle where Confederate Brigadier General Lewis Addison Armistead fell.



Suffering multiple wounds, the General slumped to the ground. He was later carried off to the Union's 11th Corps field hospital on the Spangler Farm where he died two days later.
I also went to this site and laid flowers both places. Red White and Blue where he fell and the purple for remembrance at the place of his death




I feel it is important to always remember these fallen heroes

* In my next post I will share my visit to the retirement home of President Eisenhower

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5 Comments:

Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

Still reading...love visiting Gettysburg with you!

June 11, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Autumnforest said...

You know, I haven't been there in like 35 years, but I'm glad to see that they kept the land intake and don't encroach on it. It really is sacred land.

June 11, 2010 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger KathyA said...

Glad you had a nice weekend. I tend to like trips where every moment isn't planned -- and your 'this and that' sounded real nice to me.
What an honorable act to place flowers on the graves!

June 11, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

I'm so thrilled that you were able to go to Gettysburg again...it feels like home to you just like Niagara Falls feels like home to me:-) What a wonderful idea to put flowers on the graves of those whose history means so much to you. Loved seeing the pictures and now looking forward to seeing more pictures and hearing more about what you did on this trip. xoxo

June 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Betsy from Tennessee said...

Trying to catch up with you, Patty... Glad you are getting to spend some time in your favorite place, Gettysburg... That was nice that you took some flowers...

Saw pictures of Noah... He is precious...

Glad things seem to be going well. I had Arthroscopic Knee Surgery about 10 days ago... Still in pain --but gradually getting better. It's been a long 5-6 weeks.

Hugs,
Betsy

June 15, 2010 at 12:21 AM  

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