Gettysburg National Military Park

McPherson Ridge 1

McPherson Ridge, North

Image 1: McPherson Ridge, North. This photograph of the north end of McPherson Ridge, looking north, was taken along the ridge's eastern edge. The large equestrian monument in the middle is the statue to Union Major General John Reynolds. The monument to the left of Reynolds' (and partially obscured) is to commemorate Major General John Buford of the Union Cavalry. The monument to the right of Reynolds' is for Battery B of the 2nd Maine Light Artillery. The monument in the middle of the picture, near the tree, is for the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry.

When Reynolds arrived on Seminary Ridge as the commander of all the forces on the battlefield, he saw immediately the seriousness of the situation. He ordered the Iron Brigade of his own Corps into the woods on the left of the picture, and moved forward to organize the troops. He was shot on his horse, and killed, west of this location. Reynolds was one of the Union's best generals, and his death created some confusion in the early hours of the battle. Major General Oliver Otis Howard took over command of the forces until Major General Winfield Scott Hancock arrived in the evening of July 1.

John Burns Monument

Image 2: John Burns Monument. Located south of the previous picture, this picture shows the John Burns monument, with my friend Michael Skeet standing beside it.

Burns, a resident of Gettysburg and the town constable, joined in the fighting with the 150th Pennsylvania and the 7th Wisconsin regiments. Although 70 years old and wounded 3 times, he fought through all three days of the battle. Lincoln visited him when he was in Gettysburg for the consecration of the National Cemetary, and Congress awarded Burns an $8 a month pension.

John Burns Monument and McPherson's Woods

Image 3: John Burns Monument and McPherson's Woods. This is another view of the John Burns monument, with the north edge of McPherson's Woods clearly shown in the background.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens or with a Sigma 150mm - 300mm telephoto zoom lens. The images were captured on Kodak Gold 200 film.