Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

 Henry, pointing at the name of his great-great-great-great grandfather on the Pennsylvania monument on the battlefield at Gettysburg
Actually, he was pointing to the 'B'



In case you're wondering why I've been so rude as to not visit blogs or answer your comments this week, it's because I've been busy with VBS at church and with visiting grandchildren. These posts were written earlier and scheduled to publish. I promise I will get back to your blogs next week when life is a tad less hectic. I hope you're all having a great week!


Last weekend our daughter, her husband, and their son visited the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. It was John's first time on the battlefield, and although our daughter had been there before and had pretty much lived the Civil War from 1996 on, it was quite thrilling and moving for them and us that they were able to see the Pennsylvania monument and also have Henry's photo taken next to it.

This July thousands of Civil War re-enactors will meet on a field near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to re-enact the 3 dreadful days in July of 1863 where Union and Confederate forces clashed, leaving roughly 50,000 soldiers dead, wounded, or captured-missing.

From Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7, 'soldier and civilian re-enactors will re-create the 1860s, through battles, encampments and demonstrations. Visitors can get an up-close look at cavalry, artillery and the lives that soldiers led during the Civil War. Re-enactment organizers are expecting 15,000 re-enactors, thousands more civilian interpreters, 400 horses and 100 cannons.' - from


Henry at Pennsylvania monument
June 2013

Pennsylvania monument

 Checking out the artillery


I am still sorry that General Lee would not listen to General Longstreet in July of 1863, when he advised that 'no 15,000 men ever arrayed for battle can take that position.' 


 After the Civil War, Isaac Timblin (my great-great grandpa) settled in Wisconsin and lived there until his death in 1907. He is buried in Wayside Cemetery in Barron.

 Henry, July 2011
at Great-Great-Great-Great Grandpa Isaac's grave

Grand Army of the Republic


This post may be linked to one or more of the following:  Making the World Cuter Mondays and  Memories by the Mile and All Things With Purpose and  Time Travel Thursday and  Thursday's Inspiration and Freedom Fridays and  Serenity Saturday and Get Schooled Saturday  and Inspiration Friday(ThursNite) and Photo Friday and  A Favorite Thing Saturday and Sunny Simple Sunday and Sunlit Sunday 


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I have visited the battlefield back in the late 1970's. Thanks for sharing.

Diane said...

Very interesting! Didn't know it was 150 years. Wish I could go to the reenactment.

Sandra said...

my great great grand dad died at Shiloh and i was raised on Civil war stories... i was totally shocked when a friend who is a kindergarten teacher, 49 years of age, said to me when i made a comment about the civil war. "whoever one that war anyway?"

Donna said...

Such a poignant post and collection of photos. The wee one at the grave of his ancestor is so sweet. I hope to visit Gettysburg someday!

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

How wonderful your family has been visiting and enjoying all your company!! Thanks for showing the beautiful photos of the monument and family!!

TexWisGirl said...

it's a beautiful monument. i cannot imagine the recreation of the battle and all the effort that goes into it.

Judy S. said...

Great photos! Good for you for doing VBS; that's a very good cause.

Lynn Blaylock said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures of the monument. I believe history is so very important. Wishing you lots of fulfillment with VBS.

Noelle the dreamer said...

One of our many stops during our honeymoon in the US...Ex-RAF hubby thought I would like it as I am so fond of history. I came out very subdued...No one realizes the enormous losses until they step on the battlefield...Deeply haunting! Thanks for sharing Dear,

Ruth Kelly said...

My your great grandparents have such a large stone. How lucky for you!

Terri D said...

I've been to Gettysburg a couple of times. Never fails to bring goosebumps! It is wonderful that your grandson is learning about his heritage and our great country's history in such a personal way. Thanks for sharing, and I trust VBS is going well!!

Amy Burzese said...

Henry is so sweet. You have a lot of history to teach your grandkids. Gettysburg should be on my bucket list.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

The one of your grandchild pointing to his ancestor was incredibly moving.

Lady Linda said...

I have never visiting this part of America. I would just love to. Your grandbaby is darling and how wonderful to see your family plots.

Yenta Mary said...

The history lesson and the visit to the cemetery are, of course, deeply meaningful. However, what did I take from this post? Henry is growing up! Oh, my goodness, he's not a baby anymore - he's a little boy! Oh, where is all the time flying off to???

Chatty Crone said...

That is a trip I would love to come and make too. Sandie

Unknown said...

What a powerfully moving post Judy!
Henry is too cute - hope you had all the hugs you needed this week!
Here's another one

karen said...

What a great post, I have been watching about The American civil war on PBS, found it very interesting. I once wrote to Boston to find out more about the 54th Massachusettes (my apologies for the spelling I still can`t spell it now 20 years after enquiring!) regiment, wanting to know more about the history and story behind them, but had no such luck. But found more out after the film Glory and Morgan Freemans commentary was brilliant, after that, I was hooked, not bad for a Brit!

Parsley said...

I hope VBS went well! Now you'll need a nap.

Labby answered your questions. Hahaha

Have a blessed week.

Debra at HOMESPUN: said...

AH LOVE the little one visiting his history..such a great post! :)

SImple and Serene Living said...

what a wonderful legacy :)

Denise said...


JoAnn SweetPepperRose said...

I love this post. My husband and I have always wanted to visit this site. Hubby is a history lover, esp the Civil War. Thought hubby has not, I have kin folk who have fought in many of our wars, except the current on-going. They are buried in our family lot: Vietnam, Korean (my dad), both World Wars, and the Civil War. Thank you for sharing your photos. Most poignant is the one with the child touching the name.


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