Tuesday, April 24, 2018


The taller circular building in the photo above houses the Gettysburg Cyclorama.  I shared a few photos of this particular exhibit here.  It is a huge, ceiling to floor, circular painting by French artist Paul Philippoteaux, showing Pickett's Charg,. during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3rd, 1863.  Truly hard to capture in photos and if you ever get out to Gettysburg, I high recommend you go see if for yourself.

There are props in the foreground to give it a more realistic feel.

There were four versions painted, and this one is the only original.  You can read the whole story at this link.  A painting full of history and I get the same feeling here as I do when I go to every war memorial I have ever been to.  It very much feels like a sacred place.

In the museum there are advertisements from the day.  The following photo shows a circular map of the Cyclorama.

The next advertisement is about the second version of the painting, completed in 1883, exhibitied in Boston 

We moved into another section of the building, and the rest of my photos were taken inside the museum.

A Union Soldier

It was very hard not to get the reflections from the glass, sorry about that.

A troop of African-American soldiers fighting for the North.

Sojourner Truth, who was the author of the quote below,  (c 1797-November 26th, 1883) was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist.  

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826.  She grew up speaking Dutch as her first language and helped recruit black troops for the Union Army.  In 2014 she was included in Smithsonian's magazine's list of the "100 Most Significant Americans of All Time."  I read about her at this link.  It is an amazing story.

Sojourner truth c1870.jpg
(photo found online)

Gregg standing in front of a mural showing people from North and South.

There will be one last post from Gettysburg, when I can put it together, a shorter one.