Saturday, April 13
All aboard the breakfast train! Thirteen of us made it into the famous Lincoln’s Diner in downtown Gettysburg. Famous for 24-hour breakfast service, it lived up to it’s reputation as a great place to eat.
Having not seen Little Round Top yesterday, we scouted out a back road access and headed out there after breakfast. One of our favorite stops on the battlefield trail, it is impressive to overlook the field of war far down in the slaughter den, the Devil’s den, and the hill the rebels climbed to challenge Chamberlain on the extreme left of the Union line. Chamberlain held them off with a famous bayonet charge that sent the Rebs scampering down the hill for good.
We picked up lunch and carried it with us to the next appointment . . . A hike following Pickett’s infamous charge across the battlefield. All who wanted to tramp this one-mile walk met at auto stop #5 – the Virginia Memorial. We arrived 90 minutes early, tucked into our lunch, and took a 20 minute nap in the truck. It turned out that several others had the same idea.
A confederate soldier was resting at the edge of the field and was able to offer some information on the path to follow.
At 2:00 a group of 6 (Tom, Carol, Chris, Randy, Sue and Terry) and guide dog Buddy, posed for a picture and headed out on the hike following Pickett’s footsteps. The rest of us set out by car to pick them up at the High Water Mark, Pickett’s destination. Along the way, the group picked up another foot soldier, Rick, who had hiked out to meet them! On the other side drivers and walkers posed for pictures before heading for our last stop of the day – The National Soldier’s Cemetery.
The cemetery is the site where Lincoln visited on November 19, four months after the battle, and delivered his Gettysburg Address. Tom verbally commemorated it with the group, and it was on this note that we ended our visit to Gettysburg.
A note about today’s backdrop: Sunny, 72 degrees, every flowering tree and in peak bloom, and other trees and shrubs fully budded in a fresh green. It could not have been more perfect.
We had two more items to mark off the weekend agenda: A pot-luck dinner and the last episode of our movie.
The food spread was amazing: lasagna, potatoes and sausage, chicken, chili with toppings, corn cake/pudding, pies, ice cream . . . . didn't stop eating to get any pictures! By 7:00 we were cleaned up and settled into our outdoor theater to finish our 4-hour movie! After focusing our efforts today on Pickett’s charge, the end of the movie, featuring this devastating effort, was a very moving way to end this rally!
At 9:30 pm we all said our good-byes and agreed that we would be on our way in the morning without worry about getting together. For Tom and I there was a 10-hour drive to get home.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown