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Gettysburg National Military Park

Peace Memorial and Oak Ridge

Peace Memorial

Image 1: Peace Memorial. The Peace Memorial sits on Oak Ridge, at the north edge of the battlefield park, west of the town of Gettysburg. The Peace Memorial was erected in 1938 to mark the reconciliation of the nation.

Ironically, the monument sits near the area of intense fighting on July 1, 1863. It was over the area where this monument sits that men of Ewell's Corps began their assault on the Union positions further south on Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge

Image 2: Oak Ridge, looking south. This shot was taken from the Peace Memorial. It looks south over the first day's battlefield. The monument on the far right is for the 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, and the monument further up the road (near the centre of the picture) is for the 9th New York Cavalry Regiment.

Note the rolling terrain. The railroad cut is straight ahead, but obscured in the centre of the picture. The woods in the background are Herbst's Woods. The road on the right hand side marks, roughly, the line held by Devin's Brigade of Buford's Cavalry Division, on the morning of July 1, 1863.

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 Royal Gold film.