2013 Project 365

Project 365/183 – “The Devil’s Got to Pay” Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Reenactment Day One


An extraordinary reenactment for the first day of the 150th Anniversary celebration of the Battle at Gettysburg. Over 13,000 reenactors are bringing history to life. On the 1,000 acre farms of Redding and Entwiastle families who generously share their land and contribute extensively for this event.

The first skirmish reenacted was mid-morning on July 4, 2013. Demonstrating the first encounter between the Union and the Confederates at Herrr’s Ridge, Willoughby Run, Mcpherson’s Ridge, Β and Seminary Ridge. The Confederate army, under General Henry Heath entered into Gettysburg in search of supplies and shoes.

Hearing that the Union army was near by, Heath believed it to be just a small group of Northerners. Instead it was the unmounted Union Cavalry under the command of General Buford. Holding the union at bay until General Reynolds could arrive with support, Buford’s men held the confederates back for several hours.

Positioning ourselves in the lower grandstand area, we were front and center for the majority of the battle. Beginning behind the Union line, the Confederates came on strong and well unified. Yelling and shouting, putting the fear in the Union soldiers, the men in blue seemed less organized. They held the line, only backing up a bit at a time.

Soldiers began to fall and the women and medical officers came behind to tend to the wounded. The battle continued for well over an hour with the Confederates prevailing for the day.

Well over 700 images were taken, and only 30 were removed due to focus issues. I remember the days when most of my images were out of focus. Using my Canon 5D Mark III with the 100-400mm L lens on a monopod and being front and center with all the action provided wonderful captures.

I’ve been able to through some of them, but have a very early start tomorrow morning to return to Gettysburg for Day two of the Reenactment. For today’s views of the Confederate Army in action, please visit my

Smugmug Gettysburgh 150th Anniversary Reenactment portfolio.

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

23 replies »

  1. excellent! I love these people who do reenectments. Many years ago I joined the ‘sealed knot society’ – our reenactment group of our civil war – I was a cavalier and we fought against the ’roundheads’ at Scarborough castle for 3 days…great fun. I was ‘piked to death’ on the first day but had a marvellous time.

    • That must have been an incredible experience. I can see you being a cavalier riding along the moors. I bet the scenery was stunning, and the living history memorable. Too bad you were piked so early in the game though.

  2. You’ve sure captured the emotion of the moment! I’ve got visiting Gettysburg (that area) on my bucket list.
    I’ll get a taste as we have a reenactment going on next weekend at the forest preserve by my home. Not sure what battle they are portraying as no battles were in Illinois =) It will be an eye opener for me who generally doesn’t like violence.

    • What’s interesting is that even with all the noise and weapons, It felt like a complete contact sport. No blood is shown. πŸ™‚ I’d be interested to hear more about your reenactment next weekend.
      Gettysburg is beautiful. The town is always busy though. Spring time and Fall are beautiful times to visit.

  3. Very nicely done had I taken one from the enactments done here in the north it would be that WAR 😦

    Love all the Southern Cross stood for as the south means as much to those who lived there as our Old Glory means up here.

      • All I know is the south’s flag is no longer allowed to fly as does the stars and stripes so I wear my flip flops and people mistake them for BRITISH lol thankfully as some see there is that real line drawn in the sand. Awe the Mason Dixon Line 😦 I love everyone well except my EX πŸ™‚

      • Here is a blog detailing thoughts on this beautiful flag I am a rebel in many ways and ran the south and saw things most northerners never saw and that was in 78 😦 My Dad always took us to see the remeactments at Concord/Lexington MA where I marched as well as a Girl Scout but he also took us to the beautiful spot you wrote about we went to all these places as Dad was a rebel too just wanted history to never repeat itself here in the US again and if you teach your children both sides of American history maybe there is a better chance it will never happen or that is the hope


  4. In 1887, a quarter-century after the guns fell silent at Pea Ridge, Confederate veterans met to dedicate a stark shaft of marble near Elkhorn Tavern. Two years later a joint reunion of Union and Confederate veterans dedicated a second simple monument to a “united soldiery.” Unlike so many other Civil War battlefields awash in postwar monuments and statuary of every size and style imaginable, Pea Ridge boasts only these two weathered obelisks set in the rocky ground alongside Telegraph Road.

  5. Excellent photos Emily. Major jealousy as I would have loved to been there. Went last year and was very moved by the experience, especially being able to walk up to cemetery ridge at sunrise with no one else around. Great job on getting in that position for the first shot. That had to be a challenge with all of the other people there.

    • It was truly an amazing event Tim. I can only feel what you felt being on cemetery ridge at sunrise. It is such a moving experience to be there on hallowed ground. I had found a rocked in ‘bunker’ on Little Round Top that was off trail. I laid in it and imagined being part of the Maine company seeing the Confederates coming up the hill.
      Funny you commented on my location – well, I took hubby who is mobility impaired in his scooter. We were front dead center on ground level at the grandstand area. The media people kept wanting to stand where I was (with my pro-level equipment) and security kept chasing them off ! I had the vantage point, they all wanted. LOL !
      Tip to self…always take handicap hubby, to get white glove service. πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Emily… Im looking to get in touch with you about approval and usage of an image of yours. I see no where to contact you directly, so could you please contact me asap. It would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much, your work is fantastic!


    • Good morning Neil,
      I’m sorry you were having a hard time figuring how to contact me. I would be more than happy to work with you and thank you so much for your kind compliment. I look forward to speaking with you soon. Emily

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