Jul 3



Thursay, at 7:30 AM, Gettysburg National Military Park seasonal ranger, Bill Hewitt, presented the program, “Overview for July 3, Union & Confederate Preparations.” A hardy few met at the Meade Equestrian statue on Cemetery Ridge. This view was taken from the northwest facing southeast at approximately 7:30 AM on Thursday, July 3, 2008.

On Thursday morning at 7:30, seasonal ranger Bill Hewitt gave a program to a hardy few near Meade’s Equestrian Monument on Cemetery Ridge. His program, “Overview for July 3, Union & Confederate Preparations,” discussed General Meade’s and General Lee’s plans for this very decisive day in history.



Seasonal Ranger Bill Hewitt points out the Confederate positions near Culp’s Hill, and how Ewell’s Corps was to attack there on the morning of July 3, 1863. This view was taken from the southeast facing northwest at approximately 7:30 AM on Thursday, July 3, 2008.



The Ewell’s morning attack was to be coordinated with Confederates under Longstreet at the south end of the field. The Copse of Trees is to the left in this view, and the single tree growing out of the famous outer angle in the stone wall is shown on the right side of this view. The farthest open area between them is Joseph Sherfy’s Peach Orchard where Confederate Artillery was preparing to shell the Union lines. This view was taken from the northeast facing southwest at approximately 7:30 AM on Thursday, July 3, 2008.



Lee finally decides to attack across the hay covered fields above our group. They will emerge out of the treeline on Seminary Ridge 145 years ago today. The Virginia Monument, with General Lee on his horse, Traveler, is the white object in the treeline. This view was taken from the northeast facing southwest at approximately 7:30 AM on Thursday, July 3, 2008.


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