Saturday, July 6, 2013
In April 2012, I was much less informed about the battle than I am today (though I remain far from knowledgeable), and the only topic I could raise for discussion was that of Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamblerlain, whose courageous command and battle tactics kept the Union's left flank from collapsing under waves of Confederate troops. I had learned about this from the movie Gettysburg (1993) and from reading the book on which it is based, The Killer Angels (by Michael Shaara). The reenactors, however, were quick to point out that Chamberlain was not the only hero of that battle and informed me of the parts played by others, like Brigadier General Stephen Weed (see my April 10, 2013 post). Now that I'm a bit more informed, perhaps I'll meet these gentleman sometime again to carry on the discussion.
Until next time . . .