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Gettysburg Battlefield Pics 3

me at yankee center objective of “Pickett’s charge

wall as seen while attacking
spot where General Hancock was wounded and was refused to be carried off the battlefield. Hancock’s early actions during the first days of the battle were decisive.
canon on cemetery ridge
the approach up Little Round Top while walking the yankee line
ground covered by CSA to try to make it to the top
view of most of the battlefield and ground from Warren’s position on Little Round Top. It’s obvious how he saw it as a critical position that dominates the area
me on little round top. looking down the yankee line and cemetery ridge in the distance, beyond the trees behind the statue is where Hancock was when wounded
20th Maine position
Devil’s Den

I will have more up tomorrow. I know some will want to see pictures taken from the position of the Army Of Northern Va , it is yankeeland however and sad to say, they didn’t bother to put much up for the CSA men. I will put up the rest of the pictures tomorrow. More from around Devil’s Den and the few from the CSA position. I ran out of camera battery by the time I got there and a major ice storm was starting so we had to follow Master Lee’s example and make a strategic withdraw. This was Jan. 2014 and a major snow and ice storm began a short time After he last pictures were taken and withing a few hours it was covered in ice and snow. Driving on in to Philadelphia from Gettysburg in the dark was so nerve wracking it took 5 years off our lives.

Gettysburg battlefield Pics 2

Continuing with the pictures today to recognize the anniversary.

Main monument on Yankee side, you can climb to the top and view most of the field
one angle of the view from monument

A few monuments around the area today. I will continue with more tomorrow with more if you all enjoyed these last two days.

Gettysburg Battlefield

Today is the 156 year anniversary of one of the two most decisive battles of the Civil War. The other being Vicksburg, both of which happened close together. I’ve been to the battlefield 3 times over the years and the last time I was able to take some pictures. Since it is that time, I thought I would share some of those today.

yankee canon on cemetery ridge
The CSA’s high water mark
yankee canon
Union Artillery position
that’s a long field to cross under canon fire
Gen. Warren Little Round Top
20th Maine position on Little Round Top
the slaughter pen at Devil’s Den
Devil’s Den

Above is a picture I took at Devil’s Den looking back at Little Round Top. AS you can see, despite legend and myth, it is not even close to 1,000 yards between the two positions.

CSA position
Mars LEE on Traveler

I have a lot more but I won’t spam the site with them today. If you guys like these let me know and I will share some more over the next few days.

I am. . .

In Officer Candidate School Quantico, in one of the many long and boring classes, there was a little event to wake the students up. At a set point in one of these classes a group of Marines would run in wearing their 782 gear and firing blanks. They would run up on stage and one by one recite (loudly and enthusiastically) the following. The section below is typed as the handout was typed.


I am the squad leader, I carry out the orders of my Platoon Commander. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 Bayonet. I am responsible for discipline, training, and welfare of my squad. In the event of combat I am responsible for the tactical employment of these motivated trained killers.


I am the fireteam leader, I carry out the orders of my motivated squad leader. I carry the M16A2 service rifle with M203 Grenade Launcher attached. I am responsible for the tactical employment of my fireteam, as well as my M203, and when you hear the “THUMP” of my 203 you will know death is in the house and HELL! is in session.


I am the automatic rifleman, I carry the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and K-Bar Killing Knife. I carry out the orders of my motivated fireteam leader. I am responsible for the care and effective tactical employment of my weapon, and when I open up, you will know that heavy metal thunder is about to rain down hot lead and fear on the enemy.


I am the assistant automatic rifleman. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 bayonet. I also carry the spare barrel and ammunition for the Squad Automatic weapon. I am responsible to ensure that the Automatic Rifleman continues to put deadly rounds on the enemy. In the unlikely event that the SAW Gunner goes down I will continue to cause hate and discontent in the hearts of our enemies!!


I am the rifleman, I am also trained as the Squad Scout. I carry the M16A2 service rifle and M7 bayonet. I carry out the orders of my Fireteam Leader, I am the master of detection as the pointman of my Squad. I am responsible to locate and close with the enemy and to ensure death and destruction rain down upon the enemy.

Colt Demo/Sales Pictures

Over on AR15.com, a member aeyoung, shared some really cool photos of some of the demonstrations Colt did to sell weapons. Doing things like throwing them around, burying them, putting them in water, before shooting them.

Note the “Dissipator” on the far right. That is the Model 605. Colt would later sell a couple of limited runs of 16 inch carbines with rifle length handguards to the public.
I didn’t see the rifle the first time I looked at this photo. Good throw.
That is either some sort of barrel shroud or different barrel profile I have not seen before on this .50.
That is a pretty big drum. Aeyoung comments that it might be 500-1000 rounds.
Colt CMG-2
XM148 Grenade Launcher. I’ve never seen that handguard with it before.
Colt 608, AKA the CAR-15 Survival Rifle

I really wish photos and videos of demos like this were more readily available. So many people forget that military grade weaponry is designed to be able to survive abuse. Also it is easy to forget how much cool stuff has been made and forgotten about over the years only to be rediscovered later. Like that cone flash redirector.