Monday, November 29, 2010

Gettysburg - Cemetery Ridge -18 November 2010

Some of the last images I took whilst on my tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield were of the Cemetery Ridge and the location of 'Picket's Charge'. We just managed to arrive before the sun went down and snapped the last images of the day. The image above was taken earlier in the afternoon from the position of the Confederate artillery line and just left of the present day Virginia Memorial on Seminary Ridge. The ridge line in the distance is Cemetery Ridge and the trees on the right of the image is the famous 'Copes of Trees' the next tree to the left is 'The Angle' and basically the 'High Water Mark' for the charge.

The 'Copes of Trees' in the centre of the Union lines on Cemetery Ridge.

Looking from the 'Copes of Trees' to 'The Angle'

This artillery piece, one of four, marks the position of 'High Water Mark' the most famous charge in American history. It is also near the position where Gen Armistead fell with a bullet in the arm and leg. Just 40 meters in front and to the right is the tree and memorial marking the position of 'The Angle'.

Don Troiani's 'High Water Mark'

The small memorial to Gen Lewis A. Armistead, sighted just in front of the battery pictured above.

'With the setting of the sun we will remember them'

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gettysburg - Little Round Top -18 November 2010

Again I am sorry that the better images are still on my camera and I am unable to place them up on the blog for you as yet...kick myself for that one. However I did manage to take a few images from Little Round Top. Larry and I were running out of light and we still had to see the centre of the Union line. So after taking a couple of snaps from the top we ducked down to the the 20th Maine position were they held the flank of the Union Army which has been immortalised (if that is the right word) in very historian and wargamers mind since. The above image was taken from the top of Little Round Top and looks towards 'The Wheatfield'.

The view from the same position but looking towards Big Round Top.

Again from the same location but looking down towards 'Devil's Den', which is the small rock formation in the middle middle of the picture.

On the extreme left flank of the Union line stood the 20th Maine. The two markers on the ground, one to the right edge of the picture and the other can just be made out to the left, represent the left and right extremities of their line.

The left marker for the 20th Maine and the position of their refused flank.

The last two images were taken from the advancing Confederate position looking back up to the 20th Maine position. The climb was not as steep as I thought. But if you think that the soldiers climbing up to this position had little or no water and had been fighting up hill all day, it would of been a hard and final last climb to make.

Don Troniani's painting of Col Chamberlain and the 20th Maine's final charge down off Little Round Top.

Gettysburg - 18 November 2010 - The 2nd Day

Friday, November 26, 2010

Perry Miniatures - Hesse-Cassel Jaegers

I have just posted another of Leroy's commissions. The figures he has painted are Hesse-Cassel Jaegers from the great Perry Miniatures AWI range and have painted for Gavin Shanks of Brisbane...lucky man.

Gettysburg - 18 November 2010 - The 1st Day

On my last day in Virginia we headed up to the battlefield of Gettysburg. Unfortunately the better images are on my camera, which I am unable to load onto the laptop, so the images I have placed up are ones from my iphone. When I do get a chance I will place the other ones up. Our first stop in Gettysburg was the fantastic museum they there. This would have to be one the best I have seen thus far. Each hall takes you for a journey through the years and days leading up to the battle. Then another gallery for each day and withdrawal of Lee's forces. There are an incredible amount of uniforms, paintings, weapons and short movies to look/listen and learn. However the greatest exhibit is the Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama. This painting was truly amazing, something I have never experienced before. Unfortunately the images I took were on the camera, but I will ensure the I will place them up on the blog as soon as I can. The above image is of myself (on the right) and Larry (on the left) with the great General Lee himself (re-enacter).

Myself and 'Old Abe' just out the front of the Museum.

The Lutheran Seminary today. It was the tower on top that Brig.Gen Buford looked for Union re-enforcementes and Maj.Gen Reynolds.

This is the monument for Maj.Gen Reynolds placed close to where he fell from a mimie ball to the back of the neck, whist urging the 2nd Wisconsin forward.

The Eternal Light Peace Memorial

Situated to the right of the Eternal Light Peace Memorial is a Confederate battery, which also marks the position of Ewell's flanking attack on the Union right flank, during the first day.
The famous Railway Cut where a number of Confederate soldiers were trapped and taken prisoner durning the final hours of the first day.

The Railway Cutting

Thursday, November 25, 2010

‘The Last Desperate Resort’

Just before I start placing up the photos from the Gettysburg battlefield I thought I would set the scene by posting this great vignette from Sash & Saber onto the blog. The vignette is of that of Col Chamberlain's final charge off Little Round Top and is portrayed as ‘The Last Desperate Resort’. The vignette has been painted by my good friend Larry Caskey, who I had the pleasure of staying with during my visit to Virginia. Larry has done a fantastic job in the construction and painting of the vignette. I only wish I had the time and patience to do the same. Enjoy

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Old Glory Ottoman Deli Regular Light Cavalry - 18th Century

I have just posted another of Leroy Simpson's latest painting commissions. They are from the fantastic range of Old Glory Ottomans (the decline) and are portrayed of Deli Regular Light Cavalry from the 18th Century. Again I find Leroy's painting as candy to the eye and he does a great job in mixing the colours to give the typical Ottoman look. Hopefully you will feel the same. Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Antietam - 16 Nov 2010 'Burnside's Bridge'

Some of the last images I took were of Burnside's Bridge and the area around it. I was surprised to see that this one bridge stopped the advance of a whole Union Corps and that only 300 - 400 Confederate soldiers stopped then in their tracks for a number of hours. The creek it's self is quite shallow but on the actual day it was unable to be forded in a number of places due to recent rain. The first attempt by Union troops to ford the creek was just to the right of the bridge and this was stopped, half way across the creek, by a withering fire from the Confederate soldiers holding the high ground on the other side.

This is the view from one of the Confederate positions holding the high ground on the western side of the bridge. The water on the right side of Burnside's Bridge is where the first attempt to cross was made.

This is the view back along the track, from the Union side, that the second attack was made. Why they attempted this attack along a road with no cover from view or fire and in column boggles the mind. Two battalions, one behind the other, made their way along this path only to suffer server casualties.

The last and successful attempt to take the bridge was made from the location of this last image. A charge from the 51st New York and the 51st Pennsylvania finally charged across the bridge and drove the weary Confederates from their positions on the heights. My good friend Larry can just be made out standing in the middle of the bridge. It gives a good comparison in for the actual size of the bridge.

Don Troiani's painting of the 51st Pennsylvania charging across the bridge. My photo was taken roughly in the same location.

This image I think was taken a few years after the war and gives a clear view from behind the bridge from the Union side. In the fore ground is the stone wall from which the 51st Pennsylvania initially took cover and then charged to get across the bridge.