Tromping the Landscape of the American Civil War
Great Photo Dylan. Have you ever done the Maryland Heights trail? I am planning to do it in March. Is there a Bolivar Heights trail as well? Also any fortificaions to see on Bolivar?See you on the trail-Robhttp://robertgouldhistoricalartist.blogspot.com/
Robert, Thanks! I have not done the Maryland Heights trail, but that is definitely on my to-do list for the upcoming season. There is a Bolivar Heights trail. One small loop trail circles the peak of the heights, with stops at lunette remnants (if I remember correctly) and a viewshed of Schoolhouse Ridge (Jackson's approach). Another trail branches off and takes you into the valley between the two. I'd highly recommend it! By the way, I just peaked at your blog and think I'll really enjoy diving into it in the very near future. I love photographing Gettysburg, and Monocacy is a favorite of mine. Any tips on capturing the depth of earthworks/breastworks, etc? I find this to be pretty tough. Hope to see you on the field!-Dylan
Nice site...I will be back to visit! Keep up the good work.-Markwebmaster at www.impedimentsofwar.org
Thanks, Mark! I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the new website. We are all much indebted to you and Dr. Prokopowicz for your fine work. -Dylan
Dylan,Any plans to hike at Gettysburg this Spring/Summer? I have been wanting to get out there and just hike around on my own, get some cool photos, see the battlefield from my feet. It is only 3 hours away, but have only been there twice.
Mark,I will most definitely make it out to Gettysburg at least a few times this season. I love to go tromp that ground. Usually I'll put together a vague plan around some sort of theme, and then I'll take the proper guides, memoirs, etc., and set out for an adventure. For example, I've spent a day tracking and photographing witness trees; Longstreet's march to the right is off the beaten path; and spending a whole day at Culp's Hill can really provide perspective. Most importantly, I think the ground still echoes the human tragedy of that summer and I think it demands that we feel, and reflect upon, that. This is when 'doing it alone' can be especially poignant. Hope you can make it out!
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