Gettysburg Auto Tour - Photo Companion Part 2

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Thanks for coming back to the second part of the journey around the battlefield at Gettysburg using the park's auto tour. If you missed the first part, see it here. In the second part, we will travel down the main Confederate line. Most of the avenue has trees on both sides, but there are a few spots that open up. If you plan on getting either sunrise or sunset images, I would highly suggest sunrise. Although, as you'll see, it depends on the time of year. During the summer the park doesn't open until 6 am and during July sunrise, it is at 5:30ish. The first image below was taken right as you start to go down the avenue with the visitors in the second image about 300yards down the road.

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Dawn looking toward Big Round Top
Dawn looking toward Big Round Top

Two bucks at dawn keeping an eye out.
Two bucks at dawn keeping an eye out.

Confederate Ave - Most of the road runs from Route 116 south along Seminary Ridge and offers several great spots for a view of the field from a Confederate perspective. You will see several canons on your left side along the early parts of the road. This image is just across from McMillian's Woods and looks across to the field; there is a break in the stone fence line to allow you to go to the other side of the trees for a good view of the field (second image). A few words of caution, the area is still farmed if there are crops out there, please don't walk on them. Also, check for ticks that pretty much goes for everywhere on the field. I've picked them up walking on cut grass along the Emmitsburg Road and then not gotten any laying in high grass in the Wheatfield. It really depends but always a good idea to check.

Canon along Confederate Ave near McMillian's woods.
Canon along Confederate Ave near McMillian's woods.
Little Round Top from Confederate Ave
Little Round Top from Confederate Ave

Auto Tour Stop 4 - The North Carolina Monument -

I love the North Carolina Monument; it is not mounted on a pedestal, so it is kind of right in your face. The Tennessee Monument is just south of it, and you can see both when you're parked there. The Tennessee monument is not the most photogenic, but it is a neat monument to see. If you go to the NC monument notice the trees just to the north of it, they seem to be leaning to mimic the monument at least at the time of writing this July 2020. If you stop by the North Carolina Monument make sure you take a short walk down to the Tennessee Monument, which is the second image. The base has a cut out of the shape of the state of Tennessee.

North Carolina Monument at Gettysburg with trees leaning the same as the monument.
North Carolina Monument at Gettysburg with trees leaning the same as the monument.

Tennessee Monument at dawn.
Tennessee Monument at dawn.

Auto Tour Stop 5 - The Virginia Monument -

This is what is considered the center of the Confederate line and is topped with a statue of Robert E. Lee. The monument's base has various types of individuals who left civil occupations to join the Confederate army.  There is a professional man, a mechanic, an artist, a boy, a businessman, a farmer, and a youth. The next two images are both infrared and near the Virginia monument. The first is of General Lee at the top of the monument. The second is the path leading out to the Point of Woods, which is where it is believed that Lee watched Picketts Charge. Want to see some non-infared of the Virginia monument, consider our photo companion book or visit our website. I love infrared; the creative possibilities are limitless. I have that it is something people either like or hate and believe that is because it isn't something we can see with our eyes.  It is a glimpse into a world we can't see but is all around us. Want to see more infrared check out our gallery here.

General Lee in Infrared
General Lee in Infrared

Dreamy Virginia Path
Dreamy Virginia Path

As you leave the Virginia Monument and go down the hill, there will be a path on your left. It leads you to the Spangler farm and is a pleasant walk out to see the field from another angle. Below is a few infrared images of the path and a hitching post out by the farm. Want to learn more about infrared click here.

Infrared Path out out to the Spangler Farm at Gettysburg.
Infrared Path out out to the Spangler Farm at Gettysburg.

An infrared image of a hitching post at Gettsburg National Military Park.
An infrared image of a hitching post at Gettysburg National Military Park.

The path back from the Spangler farm in Gettysburg shot in infrared.
The path back from the Spangler farm in Gettysburg shot in infrared.

Almost directly across from the entrance to the path out to the Spangler Farm is the Florida State Monument. Shown here again in infrared, I'd love to know what you think of the infrared images leave us a message at our Facebook hub The 5UP Group's page.

Florida State Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park in Infrared.
Florida State Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park in Infrared.

If you're facing the Florida Monument and look to your left there is a large tree. The image below is that tree looking back toward the Florida Monument in infrared.

An infrared lone tree along Confederate ave.
An infrared lone tree along Confederate ave.

Auto Tour Stop 6 - Pitzer Woods -

The location of the left anchor for Lt. Gen. Longstreet's on July 2. The two monuments at this stop are two of the most powerful monuments for me anyway, especially for sunrise images. Sunset is a bit trickier and is best for winter months with tree cover during the summer. They are:

Louisiana Monument -

From the Stone Sentinel website (A great resource for the battlefield) -

"The monument is entitled “Spirit Triumphant.” It was created by Donald DeLue, who was also the sculptor of the State of Mississippi monument and the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument. The sculpture represents a wounded gunner of New Orleans Washington Artillery clutching a Confederate battle flag to his heart. Above him the Spirit of the Confederacy sounds a trumpet and raises a flaming cannonball."
Storm clouds rolling past the Louisiana Monument.
Storm clouds rolling past the Louisiana Monument.

Detail of the gunner at the base of the monument.

Detail of the New Orleans gunner at the base of the Louisiana Monument.
Detail of the New Orleans gunner at the base of the Louisiana Monument.

Mississippi Monument -

An infrared image of a hitching post at Gettysburg National Military Park.
An infrared image of a hitching post at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Detail of the color bearer who fell and his comrade stepping over his body to protect him. The monument is mean to show the fierce hand to hand combat the unit saw.

Mississippi color-bearer fallen mortally wounded clutching the flag he fought for.
Mississippi color-bearer fallen mortally wounded clutching the flag he fought for.

After leaving Pitzer woods, you'll cross over Millerstown road. If you make a right onto Millerstown road (turns into Pumping Station Road) and go 1.4 miles and make a left onto Waterworks road, you can see Sach's Covered Bridge. Which is a 100ft bridge that spans Marsh Creek, here are a few of the bridge.

Sachs bridge at sunset in Gettysburg.
Sachs bridge at sunset in Gettysburg.

A summer infrared image of Sachs Bridge in Gettysburg.
A summer infrared image of Sachs Bridge in Gettysburg.

After leaving Sach's, just come back up to the stop sign and make a right, and you're back on the park's tour. You will now be at the Longstreet tower.  The tower has been closed from what I can tell for most of 2020; I don't go up because I'm not a fan of heights. However, across the street from the parking lot is a fantastic view, as seen below. You'll be overlooking the Eisenhower farm. I'll probably do a whole separate post on the farm, sign up to our mailing list (No spam, I promise) here.

A summer storm blowing over the Eisenhower farm in Gettysburg.
A summer storm blowing over the Eisenhower farm in Gettysburg.

Auto Tour Stop 7 - Warfield Ridge -

 Location where General Longstreet's troops stepped off to attack union troops in Devils Den, The Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard.

A summer storm over the Bushman farm in Gettysburg with a canon looking on.
A summer storm over the Bushman farm in Gettysburg with a canon looking on.

Just down from the above image is the one below.

Confederate ave sign in infrared.
Confederate ave sign in infrared.

Thanks for coming along, next week we'll continue up Big Round top and Little Round top. I hope you're enjoying, let us know your thoughts, visit us here. Check out our companion book at the links below.

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