Monday, January 5, 2009

Gettysburg, PA

In the National Park Service visitors center, there is a 360° painting of the view from Cemetery Hill, which is just south of the town of Gettysburg. The paintng is called a Cyclorama and it is 359 ft long,27 ft high and is painted on a single piece of canvas. Incredibly realistic scenery and is the work of French artist Paul Dominique Philippoteaux according to Wikipedia. It has just been restored and it looks great. The foreground in the picture is a diorama and the painting is the upper part. Very realistic.

View to the north towards the town of Gettysburg from Little Round Top.

I found the place to be very depressing. I think part of it was hearing about the feeling folks had toward the slaves. The United States had more slaves than anywhere else in the world and even some in the north, especially those who had financial interests in the south, were opposed to the elimination of slavery. Pretty sad....

The union army was outnumbered but had much of the high ground. I guess it's much harder to work your way uphill. Plus, your artillery has more range shooting downhill. I'm glad we stopped but it was still depressing.

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